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ura More than 400 individuals attend local German festival BY JENNIFER MONROE The Inaugural Oktoberfest, held Saturday, October 25, on South Beach, was a rousing suc- cess. The event was sponsored by the City of Avalon, along with the Avalon Lions Club and Catalina Island Women's Forum. With a crowd of more than 400 participants, organizers are pleased with the first year's turn out. "With all of the proceeds going right back to Avalon's local youth organizations - much like the Church Mouse Marlin Invitational had in the past - we were really pleased to see the community rally around this first-time event," said City of Avalon Recreation Coordinator Jennifer Monroe. The event included a bandstand on South Beach to accommodate the oompah music that wowed the crowd. The German Zeitgeist Band, donned in traditional lederhosen, kept the crowd's energy up with the traditional German drinking songs and group dances, while the twenty-two participating brewer- ies poured traditional Oktoberfest brews and seasonal varieties such as pecan pie porters and pumpkin- head ales into the commemorative mugs each ticket holder received. The breweries donated 100 per- cent of the beer and were orga- nized through Catalina Beverage and Wine Warehouse, both of whom lent their expertise to the event. Another highlight was the great food, which matched the beach- meets-Bavarian feel of the event. Jack Tucey and E1 Galleon brought the traditional German flavor with bratwurst, sauer- kraut and kielbasa, Steve Bray and Steve's Steakhouse grilled up chicken schnitzel and pork ten- derloin with a dijonnaise sauce on a bed of rice, and Caleb Lins with his crew at the Lobster Trap served the best of our local waters: fresh ceviche, poke, smoked local marlin and coconut shrimp. No participant left hungry, and these generous restaurant owners deserve a round of applause for their donations: While the adults were enter- tained, their children were having just as much fun at the make-your- own paper lederhosen booth, a German paper hat-making booth, a pretzel necklace booth, and Rootbeerfest (complete with five varieties of root beer, as well as vanilla ice cream for floats). They also played corn hole and could test their feat of strength in the traditional Oktoberfest ham- mering game Hammerschlagen. A silent auction was held dur- ing the event, which helped raise an additional $2000 for the event. Taste of Catalina Food Tours sponsored the Silent Auction and assisted in gathering local prizes and forming packages that offered something for everyone. A big "Thank you" to the local businesses who donated to the auction, and to those who bid gen- erously on auction items! The first Oktoberfest started with a wedding party: Just over 200 years ago, Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig celebrated his royal nuptials with a big public bash that was such a hit it became an annual event. The City of Avalon is pleased to say they are also making Oktoberfest an annual event! When all was said a done, the event netted more than $3,000 to support to local Avalon organiza- tions. Thank you to every organiza- tion and person who helped make this event possible; without com- munity support this event would not have been successful. It is the hope of City of Avalon staff that the event will continue to grow and support more and more organizations in the coming years. Mark your calendars now and join next year's fun Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Prost. Top photo: Live music was part of the entertainment at the inaugural Avalon Oktoberfest. Above: The crowds appeared enthusiastic as the celebrated a traditional German Oktoberfest on Catalina Island. Courtesy photos A toast to Oktoberfest Beerfest on Saturday was really fun. I was impressed with all the emphasis on family and kids. It really reminded me of the beerfests I've been to in Germany where the kids ran around and the parents danced. Thanks to all who went to a huge amount of work to make this a successful event. I know how hard it is to pull this many people together and I was so pleased at how easy things seemed to work out. Thank you, also, to all the serv- ers who took extra effort at the end to pour their melted ice water on some plants. Many people asked me if this was going to happen again next year. I said I hope so. Sincerely, Judy Great Avalon Come Visit 12 D Fun, Exciting & Unique Toys For All Agesl Pet Supplies. Games, Puzzles. Arts and Crafts Books. Educational Toys Video Games Indoor/Outdoor Sports Items And so much more! ? >i Espresso Bar Strawberries Iced Coffee Drinks 20 Flavors of Salt Water Taffy Guava Cheese Danish Jalapeno Cheddar Croissant Raspberry Chocolate Muffin Biroche Ginger Green Tea Muffin Lemon Cranberry Muffin ,,. Cherry Turnover THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, October 31, 201417