Oktoberfest
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Oktoberfest

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October 8, 2022

Oktoberfest No.16

Our in-person autumn event returns with live music, great food, and many fabulous auction items!

All are invited to join the fun at our beautiful Chinook Event Center.

From spaghetti lines and auction items arranged in tents that were often flapping in a gale, to gourmet plates of saurbraten served in the newly restored gymnasium, Oktoberfest in Chinook has been drawing big happy crowds since 2004.

This popular event has been the major fundraiser for the Friends of Chinook School since that time. Not only did it bring friends and family together for a jolly good time, it brought in approximately a fourth of FOCS’ operating revenue, allowing them to continue their work of restoring the beautiful old buildings.

In part because of Oktoberfest, the Chinook School has become the Historic Chinook School Community Building and Event Center. Shining like a new penny, it welcomed Oktoberfest revelers in comfort in 2017:

OKTOBERFEST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER PARTY
Oktoberfest No. 13 is being planned for October 21st. We want everyone to be as excited as we are about this year’s celebration. We are the first to be using both the event center and the community building [for Oktoberfest]…we are so pleased and proud of the renovation!
— The Chinook Reader, September 2017, Volume twenty-seven.

Oktoberfest continued to help the Friends thrive as their job changed almost overnight from that of overseeing the restoration of historic structures to operating them, with the attendant expenses of maintenance and upkeep.

Then, in 2020 because of the pandemic, for the first time in 15 years Chinook had no Oktoberfest, and it was a dark and lonely time. But now in 2022, if all goes well, Oktoberfest will rise again! And we are excited!

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