BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Excitement is building as OK Mozart puts the finishing touches on its sixth annual Oktoberfest fundraiser. The popular event, slated for 6-10 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Bartlesville Community Center, brings together all the traditional flavors, culture and entertainment of the German festival.
“OK Mozart’s Oktoberfest offers a celebration of time-honored tradition: German food, drink, traditional costumes, dancing and authentic Oktoberfest games,” said Mary Lynn Mihm, board chair for OK Mozart Inc. “However, the best part of Oktoberfest may be the gemütlichkeit — which means the warm and friendly atmosphere shared by our guests.”
This year’s buffet features a mouth-watering menu consisting of brats, sauerkraut, the Austrian dish Wiener Schnitzel, potato pancakes and applesauce, German potato salad, and strudel for dessert. Each guest will receive a complimentary mug to refill throughout the evening.
Live entertainment also is on tap, including The Polkatimers band, who deliver “happy music to happy people.” And Oktoberfest wouldn’t be complete without a rousing rendition of the Chicken Dance.
According to Mihm, live-auction items already are generating a buzz. They include two concert tickets to an Adele concert in Dallas; a four-night stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Alberta, Canada) with airfare for two; weeklong vacation in Rehoboth Beach, Del.; and Dallas Cowboys game tickets.
This year’s raffle will take the first-place winner on a Napa Valley Backroads and Railways trip, which includes a three-night stay at Meritage Resort and Spa with airfare for two. Second- and third-place draws win a wine refrigerator and a wine basket, respectively.
More games were added this year to amplify the fun. There is a minimal charge to play each game; however, prizes will be awarded. Guests can also try the Wheel of Fortune, the wine pull or the pub-and-grub pull.
The German Christmas market features hand-blown-glass Christmas ornaments, German decorations and nutcrackers. Guests also can sign-up for fun parties — High Society Tea and/or the Kentucky Derby party.
Admission is $50 per ticket for open seating or $800 for a reserved table of four and $1,200 for a reserved table of eight. Guests must be age 21 or older.
Event and raffle tickets can be purchased at okmozart.schoolauction.net/okmozart2016, or call 918-336-9800.
Last year’s hit, the Hammer-Schlagen competition, pitted guests against a nail and a log.
Photo by Mark Blumer