CARLSBAD — Brush up on your Chicken Dance. The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest, a fall family tradition of feasting, fun and fundraising, will mark its 30th anniversary this year. The event, scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 in Holiday Park at the corner of Chestnut Street and Pio Pico, will offer German food, beer, live music, and entertainment for children.Tip Top Meats will be providing the traditional German dinner from noon until 8 p.m., the Carlsbad Danish bakery will be providing the apple strudel and the beer will include traditional Budweiser and Beck’s Oktoberfest blend beers, Shock Top Belgian-style wheat ale and a craft beer from Oceanside Ale Works. The wine selections will be provided by Wente Vineyards.
Live music will feature the German/American band, the Bluebirds, along with polka music from The Pacific Coast Community Band. Live Rock & Roll will also be included in the festivities featuring The Last Call.
The event will again offer the Rotary Pumpkin Patch where children can decorate pumpkins and compete for prizes in different age groups. Moon jumps, clowns, face painting and caricaturists will keep all the little ones entertained.
Local parking is limited, so a free shuttle bus will again be offered from the southwest corner at Marron Road at Monroe Street of the Westfield Plaza Camino Real Mall, with pick-up and drop-off at 20-minute intervals from 11:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.
The traditional German meal will be served until 8 p.m. While event admission is free, tickets for the German dinner are $10, and they may be purchased at the park or in advance from any Carlsbad Rotarian, or at Tip Top Meats at 6118 Paseo Del Norte in Carlsbad, or at Al’s Café in the Village at 795 Carlsbad Village Drive in Carlsbad. For more information, visit rotaryoktoberfest.org.
The Oktoberfest is organized by the Rotary Club of Carlsbad and the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club. “We are proud to be presenting Carlsbad’s premiere family event again this year,” said Mark Havel, Oktoberfest co-chairman. “The Oktoberfest is put on by volunteers and has through the years raised over $1 million, of which 100 percent of the net proceeds are given to local charities.”
Time Warner Cable has always been the Presenting Sponsor of the Carlsbad Oktoberfest. This year, John Haedrich and Tip Top Meats has joined as the Title Sponsor of the event, and Hoehn Motors and Merrill Lynch have also joined as major sponsors.
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation and the Carlsbad Police and Fire Explorers will be major recipients of the proceeds this year, and the two sponsoring Rotary Clubs use the remainder to support local charities, scholarships and other Rotary community projects.