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Penticton celebrates Oktoberfest
Lederhosen, dirndl, singing, dancing and plenty of “prosts!” were thrown around the room at the fourth annual Penticton Oktoberfest on Saturday.
“It was fabulous. They came, danced the night away and ate, drank and won some great prizes,” said one of the organizers, Barb Schneiderat.
Oktoberfest drew over 700 people to the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre to celebrate Bavarian culture. Schneiderat said the crowd was one of the largest they have had since introducing Penticton to Oktoberfest.
Besides food, entertainment and beer, participants had a chance at more than $5,000 in door prizes.
“It is just a night we can cross the ages so the young people and the older people enjoying great music, lots of food and fun. Lots of people were dancing the night away,” she said.
The first four hours of the event, the audience was entertained by oom-pah-pah sounds from The Beerbarrels while local favourites Uncorked, from Naramata, wrapped up the evening.
“People have started to figure out the chants more and more every year. People are also coming dressed for the event to enjoy the food, the beer and the culture,” said Schneiderat.
A silent auction and 50/50 was held in conjunction with the Rotary and Junior Chamber International. Schneiderat said Oktoberfest will take the money and use it to help a community project.