Oktoberfest comes to New Bern

Oktoberfest 2017The New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club invites the community to its seventh annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, September 30 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 S. Front Street. A delicious traditional German meal, catered by the Chelsea Restaurant, will be served from 6pm until 8:30pm and the fun continues for the whole family until 10pm.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the award winning Harbour Towne Fest Band, a full size Oktoberfest ensemble. Attendees also will have the opportunity to compete for bragging rights and a prize, in the traditional Oktoberfest “Masskrugstemmen,” a contest of strength and determination, for a modest entry fee.

Tickets are $20/advance, $25/day of event, Kid’s Meal for 5 & under Free; Ages 6-12/$5. Tickets include traditional style German fare (bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, iced tea) Beer, wine, soda, pretzels & desserts will be available for purchase. Proof of age is required to purchase & consume beer and wine. Premier sponsors for this year’s event include WRNS, WITN, BSH Home Appliances Corporation (also providing a *BOSCH dishwasher being raffled at the event), Sun Journal, and Chevrolet of New Bern. Additional sponsors are listed at www.newbernrotary.org. Advance tickets may be purchased at Mitchell Hardware or Coastal Sole on Trent Road.

Oktoberfest proceeds support the Club’s “Kicks for Kids” program, providing for the purchase of over 300 pairs of shoes for elementary school children in Craven County. Each year, school counselors identify those youth most in need and provide transportation to Coastal Sole where they can pick out a properly fitted pair of shoes. Rotary recognized the critical need of some children lacking basic shoes. This program goes a long way towards building self-esteem, especially for kids bullied or made fun of just because they don’t have proper footwear.

The New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club also sponsors two local Interact Clubs and awards several scholarships each year to local teens who are continuing their education. In addition to youth oriented projects, the Club also prepares and serves meals at Religious Community Services on the first Friday of every month, and cleans up an adopted a section of Hwy. 70 west off Glenburnie Rd. on a regular basis.

The Club invites all those interested in learning more about Rotary to join them for breakfast at Famous Restaurant 2210 Neuse Blvd. every Thursday at 7:30am – 8:30am.

For details call Joni Bass at 626-6087 or Eileen Bress at 665-4091.

Submitted by: Deedra Durocher, New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club

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