September 27, 2002

Rotarians to Host Annual Octoberfest

Carlsbad’s annual Oktoberfest, co-sponsored by the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club and Carlsbad Rotary Club, will be in Holiday Park, Saturday, October 5, from 1 to 10 PM. The event is a family day for young and old with German-style games, food, and drink. Oom-pah-pah dance bands will play for children and adults to trip the light fantastic.

The $50,000.00 netted from this event last year, was shared by major beneficiaries, Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club, $12,500.00, and Woman’s Resource Center, $12,500.00. The balance was used for many other smaller gifts including scholarships, Needy Children’s, Christmas Dinner Party, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Carlsbad High School’s 4-Way Speech Contest, and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD).

Boys and Girls Club members at last year's Octoberbest.

Since Carlsbad has such a large percentage of Latino population the percentage of Latino children served in the Boys and Girls Club, is approximately 28%. With about 18% of the staff Latinos, the Club uses a fairly well balanced staff to accomplish their goals. Counseling has an even greater ratio of about 50% Latino staff to serve children. It has proved a wonderful gathering place for Barrio students who live adjacent to the Club.

The original Octoberfest (1810) in Munich, Germany has now become the largest ethnic, festival in the world. This 5 day celebration included a horse race and wedding bells to celebrate Prince Ludwig of Bavaria’s wedding to Princess Therese. Drinking the first beers of the season is what it is famous for today. Each year, the Munich Octoberfest, is attended by 6 million visitors who drink 5 million liters of beer and consume over 200,000 pairs of pork sausages.

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