'Oktoberfeast' to offer authentic Munich experience in Dawson Creek while supporting local ski hill

The evening will feature a traditional supper, beer and music styled after Oktoberfest, an annual festival held in Munich.

“We’re trying to put on a fairly authentic Oktoberfest,” said Paul Gevatkoff, president of the Bear Mountain Ski Club. “We have food lined up that some of our members experienced in Munich at the Oktoberfest. There’s bratwurst, German bread and schnitzel, that kind of thing.”

He added there will also be plenty of German beer, as well as live polka music.

There will also be an auction sale featuring about 30 items that will be up for bid.

The proceeds from tickets sales and the auction will go towards a fund to install a tee-bar lift at the ski hill – a used one that come from Marmot Basin in Jasper.

“If we don’t have a ski lift, we don’t have a ski hill, and the lift we have there was installed in 1964, so it has timed-out, we have to replace it,” said Gevatkoff.

He said they have already raised about half of the money needed for the ski lift, but they still need about $300,000 by next April so that the lift could be installed before the winter of 2012.

Oktoberfeast will be held from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. this Friday. Transportation home has been arranged for those patrons who want to enjoy some of that German-style beer. Tickets are available by contacting Allan Armstrong at 250-219-0590, Sharlene Weingart at 250-719-6820, or Paul Gevatkoff at 250-719-8739. More information can also be found on Facebook by searching for the Oktoberfeast page.

There will also be a few fundraising events for the ski lift fund that are upcoming or ongoing.

Gevatkoff’s daughter, Sharlene, is compiling fun, local recipes into a cookbook that will be sold to raise money for the fund. Recipes are still being accepted until the end of September and can be submitted via fax to 250-719-6820 or email at weingart@telus.net. For more information or for advertising opportunities, contact Sharlene Weingart at the number listed above.

There will also be a poker night at the ski hill on Oct. 14 hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Dawson Creek, and members of the ski club will also be selling Rotary Mega-Lottery tickets, with a portion of those proceeds going towards the ski lift replacement.

Gevatkoff also wished to note the ski hill will host a “ski swap” where used equipment can be purchased at discounted prices, as well as memberships to the ski hill.

For more information on any of the fundraising events, or for general information on the ski hill and prices, contact Gevatkoff at the number listed above.

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