3 months, 1 week ago from Quincy Rotary
The Rotary Club of Quincy is bringing back the Strassenfest tradition with its new Oktoberfest event Saturday, October 12 at Dick & Brother’s Brewery
Rotary Club of Quincy to Host Oktoberfest at Dick Brother’s Brewery
The Rotary Club of Quincy is bringing back the Strassenfest tradition with a twist at its new Oktoberfest event Saturday, October 12 from 4 to 10 p.m. at Dick & Brother’s Brewery between 9th and 10th on York street. Admission to the event is free.
The new street festival will feature fall beer selections from Quincy’s three beer distributors and local home brewers. County Market will serve beer and German fare including bratwurst, kraut and German potato salad. Rotarians will serve water and soda provided by Refreshment Services Pepsi. A slate of special events for the festival will be announced at a later date.
“We wanted to continue the Rotary tradition of celebrating Quincy’s German heritage with some new twists,” Tracy Orne, event chairperson said. “It’s an opportunity to check out the inside of Dick Brother’s brewery, try some new beers, taste what our local private brewers are making, hear great German and popular music and have some delicious food.”
Admission is free and all proceeds from the event will benefit Rotary Club community projects. Rotary provides scholarships to students pursuing career and technical programs, sponsors literacy projects in Quincy schools, provides weekend backpacks full of food to needy youngsters, stockpiles food pantries at Thanksgiving and Christmas and sponsors capital improvement projects throughout Quincy.
“The hope is for Oktoberfest to be one of our larger fundraisers for Rotary, so we encourage everyone to come out and support this new venture,” Orne said. “All of the profit goes straight back to the community.”
Oktoberfest sponsors are Mississippi Belle Distributing, Rinella Company, Haubrich Enterprises, Refreshment Services Pepsi, WGEM, The Quincy Herald-Whig, Y101, and County Market.
Rotary Club initiated the Strassenfest in 1970 when it was held in the State and 8th area of Quincy. The event grew to become a Quincy tradition fostered by German Village Society, and re-named the event Germanfest. 2012 was the first year the event was not held because the society disbanded.
Members of the Rotary Club of Quincy voted to revive the tradition and inject it with new events, a homebrew component and new location fitting to the city’s German heritage.
“We are grateful for the support of the former members of the German Village Society in this new endeavor and hope to collaborate with the Sister City Commission next year to add to the festivities,” Orne said.
Rotary club members are business and professional leaders who volunteer in their communities and promote world understanding and peace. Rotary’s 31,000 clubs in more than 165 countries encourage high ethical standards and carry out humanitarian projects to address such issues as poverty, health, hunger, education, and the environment. The Quincy Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Holiday Inn.
More information about Oktoberfest is available at www.quincyrotary.org , Rotary Club of Quincy’s Facebook page or from Orne at email@example.com.