Oktoberfest a hit with locals

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comSeptember 27, 2013 

Oktoberfest organizers are still counting the proceeds, but all indications are lots of cash was raised from this year’s event.

Our Lady of Fatima Parent Club’s seventh annual Oktoberfest fundraiser was held Saturday. The event typically brings in $35,000 to $40,000. Kirk Carter, Oktoberfest chairman, said he is happy with the number of people who attended this year.

“There’s about a thousand people here,” Carter said during the event. “Everyone seems to be having a good time.”

Oktoberfest featured more than 200 types of beer as well as sausage, cheese, wine and fruit. Attendees mingled as music played in the background and a raffle was held.

Tom Geraldin said he’s come to Oktoberfest each year since it began.

“It’s a good event,” Geraldin said. “You get to try a lot of micro-breweries and you get to see people you haven’t seen in a while.”

Carlos Escobar, who attended Oktoberfest on the suggestion of an employee, said he is supportive of the parent club’s effort to lessen the financial impact of going to the Catholic school.

The money raised at Oktoberfest goes toward operating expenses and is a way to keep tuition costs down. Our Lady of Fatima charges about $3,800 for tuition, with a total cost per student of $5,700 per year.

Carter said Oktoberfest featured a sausage contest, complete with a trophy presentation toward the end of the night.

“They love it. They grill the sausages here in the back and we have judges who determine the winner,” Carter said.

He said he’s happy the community supports the event and one day he hopes to be able to attend as a guest rather than an organizer.

“I like beer, but this is work for me. I don’t relax until those three hours are over,” Carter said.

Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209)388-6563 or at cpride@losbanosenterprise.com.

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