Blythe's 2nd Annual Oktoberfest returns Saturday, Oct. 12: VFW Post 2987 hosting special event

Last year, United States Marine Corps veteran Jason Parkhurst (left) hung on for the win at the inaugural Blythe VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 2987's Oktoberfest stein-holding contest, Oct. 20, 2018. (Archived file photo by Uriel Avendano/Palo Verde Valley Times)

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2987 members and leadership invite the community to the 2nd annual Oktoberfest event Saturday, Oct. 12, set to take place at the organization’s main hall (148 N. 1st St.), from noon to 10 p.m.

“(The first Oktoberfest) was a huge success; it was more than we had even planned for. And because of that success, we’ve decided to make it an annual event – with even more activities, and extended hours,” noted VFW Post 2987 Quartermaster Mark Bolliger. “We’re going to have a live band (Hot Pursuit, featuring Mark Danisovszky on accordion) playing both contemporary music and German music in the evening.”

A patriotic-themed coloring competition will also be available for kids as well this year.

The popular wiener dog race from 2018 will also be making a return, as well as a new log sawing competition for attendees to enter.

“(The struesel eating competition), we had that last year and that was for the kids. It’s more of a pastry eating contest, but yea – it’ll be for the kids again this year,” said Bolliger, also noting a stein carrying contest for adults as well. “We invite the community to come out and have a great time celebrating Oktoberfest.”

Children under the age of 18 will be admitted free of charge, and adults are $5 per ticket. For any further information or inquiries, call the VFW Post 2987 at: (760) 922-6830.

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