Ready for October - and Oktoberfest

KINGMAN - Everybody is German this weekend at Locomotive Park, either in fact or by invitation, when the Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club hosts Oktoberfest 2015, Brews & Brats.

The fun goes from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the downtown park.

"I tell people this is a 6,000-square-foot beer garden," said Rotarian Mary K Clark, who was at the park Tuesday morning to watch a work crew erect the giant Oktoberfest tent.

Clark said Romer Beverage will provide eight varieties of beer. There will also be brats, sauerkraut, soft pretzels and sodas.

The event is the Rotary Club's primary fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to area nonprofit service organizations and schools. Also, the tips bartenders earn will be donated to construction of the planned Kingman Splash Pad.

Admission is free - "Put that in all capital letters," said Clark - and 30 vendors will be spread throughout the park, including arts and crafts.

Two bands - Sidewinder and Rush (not the famous Canadian rock band that goes by the same name) will perform. Clark said both groups play classic rock and a little country & western.

"We'll have canned Oktoberfest polka music when they're on breaks, and will also have the chicken dance and stein-holding contests," said Clark.