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10/3/2012 6:02:00 AM
Kingman Oktoberfest stocking more beer, food this year
Mary K. Clark (left), Shawn Savage and Jo Ann Oxsen got in costume for the Fourth Annual Oktoberfest in downtown Kingman last year. Organizers said they’ve purchased more food and beer this year, since last year they ran low on the first day.
Mary K. Clark (left), Shawn Savage and Jo Ann Oxsen got in costume for the Fourth Annual Oktoberfest in downtown Kingman last year. Organizers said they’ve purchased more food and beer this year, since last year they ran low on the first day.
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Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club and Kingman Aid to Abused People

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

Last year's Oktoberfest proved to be so popular, organizers found themselves running out of beer and bratwurst before the end of the first day.

More than 2,100 glasses of beer, 1,500 sausages and 62 cases of soda were served up during the event last year. Even the pickles and soft pretzels were gobbled up in short order, necessitating several trips to the store and refueling stops by the beer vendor.

This year organizers are more prepared and plan to have at least 25 percent more food and brew on hand, said Mary Clark with the Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club. Clark said organizers work hard to strike a balance between what is bought ahead of time and what is actually consumed.

"We're a nonprofit, so we have to be careful to purchase what we're going to use," she said.

This year's Oktoberfest has been scaled back to two days but has extended hours - 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 12 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 13. Clark said it made sense to open earlier on Friday and eliminate Sunday altogether since attendance was down on that day anyway.

In addition to the main attraction of beer and brats, there will be vendors and live music, featuring local rock band Buffalo Nickel, polka outfit the Railsplitters and the Phoenix-based rock and roll group Petty Thieves. There will also be a chicken dance contest for kids.

Sports fans won't miss any of the action with DirecTV supplying televisions for the event to show live games.

There is no admission fee. Food and beer will be available for individual purchase. Clark said servers and security staff have already been prepped on how to spot a patron who has had enough to drink. City Towing and A&R Towing will also offer discounted rides for intoxicated individuals and their vehicles.

Clark said Oktoberfest attracts locals as well as visitors passing through town on Route 66. She said a group of German tourists were especially excited that they happened upon the festivities during their road trip.

"They really liked the sauerkraut, so you know it had to be good," she joked.

Proceeds will go to the Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club to fund community activities. The event is sponsored by Kingman Regional Medical Center and the Hampton Inn.

"Last year we raised more than $7,000 and we're hoping to double that this year," she said.

Inmates at the Arizona State Prison have also crafted birdhouses, a kid's castle and a barbecue for a raffle that will benefit Kingman Aid to Abused People.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Article comment by: Edie Steinke

Do you need someone to make some good old german Potatoe-salad?,I could make a big bowl of it!!!My husbands favorite!!! Also, you ought to get a package of old fashioned Wieners at Basha's and you must have good mustard,not just that baby-caka one!!maybe we see one another!!!

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: jist me

its gonna be the first time i missed, good bands. ,,,, at least the last couple years. to bad it cant stay up till midnight and clear out an area to dance.

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