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Oktoberfest tickets already half-sold

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Dust off the lederhosen, roll out the barrel, and strike up the oompah band—the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s special events committee is planning an Oktoberfest party for Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.

Foundation director Teresa Hazel said more than half of the tickets for the fundraiser already are sold, and those who want to attend had better act fast.

Oktoberfest tickets, which cost $30 each (including dinner), can be purchased at Cousineau Brokers Ltd., 364 Store, Emo Health Centre, Rainy River Health Centre, and La Verendrye Hospital, or by calling the Foundation office at 274-4803 or special events committee chair Joan Allison at 274-9484.

Gold-, silver-, and bronze-sponsored tables also are available for $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively. Sponsors will receive reserved tables/seating and festival game packs.

“We’re very appreciative of the sponsors that have come on board,” noted Hazel, adding BDO Dunwoody is the event’s Premium sponsor with a donation of $2,500.

The party will start at 6 p.m., with food stations opening at 7 p.m. Hazel said there will be an assortment of German and Bavarian cuisine (sausage, hot potato salad, beer cheddar soup, etc.), a cheese station, and a German chocolate and dessert bar.

There also will be entertainment provided by the Mud Lake City Oompah Band. “Get ready to chicken dance and polka,” remarked Hazel.

The special events committee also has been planning festival games that those who’ve attended Riverside fundraisers in the past have come to anticipate, including “Ring Around the Rosé,” a beer cap toss, poker showdown, and a “Spin to Win” game.

Hazel also challenged attendees to “start building up your biceps” for the Labatt Brewing Co.-sponsored Alexander Keith “Stein Holding” contest, where contestants can see how long they can hold a stein full of beer. Prizes will be awarded.

There also will be a silent auction and penny table.

“It’s going to be a fun, fun night,” enthused Hazel.

The Oktoberfest celebration is the Foundation’s 11th-annual fundraising event, which usually is held in the late winter or spring but has been changed to the fall this time around.

“We’re 10 years in, and it’s been a very successful 10 years. We’re just trying something new,” explained Hazel. “We’re getting feedback from people saying they can finally come because they’re normally away in the winter.

“There’s definitely people feeling this is a good time of year, they haven’t headed south yet or things like that.”

While the Foundation had a Western-themed 10th anniversary party last fall in Emo, it’s last fundraiser evening was an Oscar party in March, 2007.

Anyone who would like to donate a gift for the penny table, silent auction item, or prizes for the festival games are encouraged to call the Foundation office (274-4803) or Allison (274-9484).

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