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It’s all about the beer, bratwurst and bands.

The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks is hosting its fifth annual Red Rocks Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Posse Grounds Park. The event features traditional German celebration including area brewers showcasing their finest beers.

 

Tickets to attend will be $15 at the door or $10 if bought in advance online. All proceeds will support the club’s Sedona Red Rock High School scholarship program and club’s mission of supporting programs for local children’s charities.

“We’re excited to be able to offer tickets at a lower price to bring more people to the event,” Rotarian and biermeister Rick Wesselhoff said. “It’s been such a hit for four years and there’s still room to grow at the venue. So, we dropped prices to entice more people to attend. It’s a great event for beer lovers, but we’ve got great live music, good food and awesome scenery.”

As for its popularity, he said, “We don’t have many events with food, beer and live music. Both residents and visitors alike can appreciate the setting at Posse Grounds Park — it’s got amazing views. There’s not anywhere else in town you can hold an event this size.”

Authentic German Oktoberfest food will be served onsite, including beer-roasted bratwurst, German potato salad and sauerkraut served by two food trucks — Flagstaff’s Wil’s Grill and 3’s in the Trees.

Entertainment will include the oompah sounds of Flagstaff’s Polka Katzen from 4 to 6 p.m. and the headlining band, Sedona’s The Naughty Bits, will play from 6 to 8 p.m. Participating brewers will be brewing their own versions of traditional beers and will be traveling from near and far.

They include Huss Brewing, Grand Canyon Brewing, Oak Creek Brewing and THAT Brewery. Wesselhoff said more will be added prior to the event. In addition, Sedona Golf Resort will provide all the local wine. This will be the third year  the event is being held at Posse Grounds Park.

“We did the first two years at Los Abrigados’s creekside park — and I’m both sad and happy that we outgrew that venue,” Wesselhoff said. “It’s a fantastic place for a party, but it severely limits the participants and really jams up traffic. By holding it at Posse Grounds we’ve been hosting about 1,000 people for the last two years. We’re hoping to see lots more this year, though.”

Since its inception, Red Rocks Rotary has focused on serving the needs of young people in Sedona and the Verde Valley. Donations allow the group to continue funding projects and programs including:

n Red Rock High School Graduating Senior Scholarships: $2,000 given to two local teens to further their vocational aspirations. n West Sedona School Summer reading program.

n Sedona Teacher of the Year Program: Rewards the best teachers in Sedona and encourages them to continue to be role models for the community’s youth.

n Christmas Giving Program: Support for area families in need.

n Ongoing support for Rainbow Acres residents. Rainbow Acres is a home for the cognitively challenged that has some residents who have outlived their families and their resources and have no access to dental care. The Rotary Club has donated more than $15,000 in services.

n Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: This three-day camp for high school sophomores builds self-esteem, leadership skills and teamwork. More than 50 students from Sedona have participated in this program.

For more information about this event or about the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks, contact Wesselhoff at 340-5012. Online tickets are now available at redrocksoktoberfest.com. You must be 21 and older.

Ron Eland can be reached at 282-7795 ext. 122 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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