Originally created 10/07/04

Oktoberfest has enjoyable weather for entertainment



Cheryl Coronel and Cathy Peters bypassed several other area festivals, including the Oliver Hardy Festival and the Greek Festival, in a search of collectibles and authentic German food.

"I collect owls," said Ms. Coronel, who spent Saturday with friends at Fort Gordon's Oktoberfest, which included the annual fall Officers' Spouses' Club flea market.

"I found an owl Christmas potholder. I have a lot of owls, and I didn't have one of those," she said.

A carnival, flea market, car show and entertainment were among the activities at the five-day festival.

"I lived in Germany for seven years," Ms. Coronel said. "It's nice to have real German food."

Members of the German Friendship Club prepared hundreds of pounds of German food such as schnitzel, bratwurst, potato salad and sauerkraut.

"Oktoberfest was a tremendous success," said Steve Walpert, Fort Gordon's entertainment director. "Our goal was to provide great entertainment for the entire family. We truly believe we were successful in doing that."

Monnie Castro, the chairwoman of the Officers' Spouses' Club's flea market, said shopping was brisk at the event on Barton Field.

"We are very, very happy with the turnout," she said.

The group was even happier with the weather. Rain had interfered with the two previous flea markets. The event is held each spring and fall.

The club sells spaces and uses the money for community projects such as grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships.

In addition to the flea market, there was a petting zoo for the children that included a kangaroo, sheep and a camel.

Graystone Ranch, in Hephzibah,brought out a tiger and an albino Burmese python.

A carnival with rides and a midway also were part of the event, which ran from Sept. 29 through Sunday.