BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Excitement is building as OK Mozart puts the finishing touches on its sixth annual Oktoberfest fundraiser. The popular event, slated for 6-10 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Bartlesville Community Center, brings together all the traditional flavors, culture and entertainment of the German festival.
According to Mary Lynn Mihm, board chair for OK Mozart Inc., volunteers have been working tirelessly to make the evening extra special.
“OK Mozart’s Oktoberfest offers a celebration of time-honored tradition: German food, drink, traditional costumes, dancing and authentic Oktoberfest games. However, the best part of Oktoberfest may be the gemütlichkeit — which means the warm and friendly atmosphere shared by our guests.”
Plenty of wine and beer will be flowing. The local homebrewers, The Bartlesville Brewing Enthusiasts, a group of people who cherish the art of home brewing and craft beer, will be on hand to offer samples from their best recipes. Each guest will receive a complimentary mug to refill throughout the evening.
Upon arrival, whet your appetite with beer, pretzels and popcorn. Then, at 6:30 p.m., head over to the buffet for a mouth-watering menu consisting of brats, sauerkraut, the Austrian dish Wiener Schnitzel, potato pancakes and applesauce, German potato salad, and strudel for dessert.
Live entertainment also is on tap, featuring The Polkatimers band, who deliver “happy music to happy people.” And Oktoberfest wouldn’t be complete without a rousing rendition of the Chicken Dance.
According to Mihm, live-auction items already are generating a buzz. They include two concert tickets to an Adele concert in Dallas; a four-night stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Alberta, Canada) with airfare for two; weeklong vacation in Rehoboth Beach, Del.; Dallas Cowboys tickets; and a River Spirit Margaritaville package.
This year’s raffle will take the first-place winner on a Napa Valley Backroads and Railways trip, which includes a wine train, Meritage Resort and Spa three-night stay with airfare for two. Second- and third-place draws win a wine refrigerator (stocked) and a wine basket, respectively. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Tickets will be sold online prior to the event as well as during the festival.
More games were added this year to amplify the fun. Last year’s hit, the Hammer-Schlagen competition, pitted guests against a nail and a log. Two new games also will test the skill and agility of the players. In the Masskrugstemmen challenge, guests will defy gravity to see how long they can hold a beer stein aloft. If soccer is your game, try kicking a ball through a cutout in the Torwand contest. There is a minimal charge to play each game; however, prizes will be awarded.
If those aren’t tempting enough, try the Wheel of Fortune, where every spin nets a prize, and ultimately, one lucky player will win a whiskey wagon. Next; enjoy the wine pull, which guarantees a bottle of wine valued from $15-$40 with one winner receiving a mystery $100 gift card with their bottle of wine. Don’t forget to try the pub-and-grub pull that offers a restaurant gift card paired with a bottle of wine valued from $ 50-$100.
After plenty of food and drink, be sure to check out the German Christmas market, which features hand-blown-glass Christmas ornaments, German decorations and nutcrackers. Guests also can sign-up for fun parties — High Society Tea and/or the Kentucky Derby party.
Admission is $50 per ticket for open seating or $800 for a reserved table of four and $1,200 for a reserved table of eight. Guests must be age 21 or older.
Tickets can be purchased at okmozart.schoolauction.net/okmozart2016. Or call 918-336-9800, stop by the OKM box office, 415 S. Dewey, Suite 100, Bartlesville, or visit the website, www.okmozart.com.