Serving at Oktoberfest

Hasmik Djoulakian

(Sept 29, 2010) — Oktoberfest will be taking place Saturday in Montrose. According to counseling clerk Becky Bondy, 59 students have signed up to help out at the event. Clark students have volunteered at the event for at least eight years. Bondy said that Clark volunteers have a good reputation with Oktoberfest coordinators. “We’re reliable. The kids who say they’re going to show up, show up,” Bondy said. The volunteers will be manning the snack and food booths, setting up tables and chairs and cleaning up at the end of the day. Some will be sitting in the volunteer booth as “runners,” supplying the booths with food or passing information along to whoever needs it. Oktoberfest dates back exactly 200 years, when Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted his people of Munich, Germany to join in the festivities of his recent marriage. Though the activities and purpose of the celebration are different today, the tradition is kept alive. The events held at Oktoberfest range from games and rides — such as Bank-a-Ball and Balloon Pop — to contests for sausage eating and the best-dressed dog. Beer and wine will be served. The activities will carry on until 11 p.m.