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Woodstock hosts inaugural Oktoberfest

Stas Venglevski virtuoso bayan is among entertainment Woodstock Oktoberfest.

Stas Venglevski, a virtuoso of the bayan, is among the entertainment at the Woodstock Oktoberfest.

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♦ Oct. 6

♦ Emricson Park, 900 W. South St.,

♦ Tickets, $25-$30

♦ (815) 338-8844

Two local agencies have joined forces to present a new festival.

The Woodstock Noon Rotary and Woodstock Mozart Festival have teamed up to host the inaugural Woodstock Oktoberfest from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Emricson Park in Woodstock. It is a fundraiser for the Woodstock Mozart Festival and other community projects.

It is a chance to enjoy plenty of food, drink, music and merrymaking, she said.

“There will be a lot of great, authentic food and beer; and other things like polka lessons and polka dancing,” said organizer Anita Whalen. “It will feature traditional foods like bratwurst and sauerkraut, and German specialty brews and domestic favorites of beers, as well as German and American wines.”

Lively music will be provided by “Flying Fingers” Stas Venglevsky, a Russian virtuoso accordion-bayan player; and his wife, cellist Roza Borisova.

“She is from our orchestra,” she said. “They’ll play during the dinner hour. Mike Knauf’s Die Musikmeisters German Band will play at 7 p.m. We will have great music.”

Rosie Lenth, polka dance instructor, will help you coordinate your feet to the music, she said.

“Mozart himself will appear as Master of Ceremonies, to announce all the fun activities and raffles,” she said.

You’ll want to book a sitter — the Oktoberfest is geared for adults; there are no children’s activities. Tickets cost $25 a person in advance and $30 at the door. The tickets include the food and entertainment; the beer and wine will be available at the cash bar along with non-alcoholic beverages.

The hope is to attract about 300 people.

“It’s a fun event. We understand from other communities that it’s quite successful and people enjoy it,” she said. “It’s to celebrate the season and have fun outside maybe for the last time. People can expect to have a lot of fun and good food and drink. Where can you get good food and entertainment for $25 these days?”

Advance tickets are available at Bohns Ace Hardware, Woodstock Independent and Woodstock Public House. Call (815) 338-8844 or (815) 276-3739.

Annie Alleman is a local free-lance writer.

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