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Menno Octoberfest offers polka and food

MENNO -- The sound of polka music and smell of German food has become as regular as the changing of the leaves when fall arrives in Menno.

As has been the case for more than two decades, the Germans from the Russia Heritage Society will hold its Octoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Menno High School auditorium. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for a traditional German meal, followed by a 7 p.m. performance by Dain's Dutchmen, a Minnesota-based polka band. Space will be cleared in the auditorium for dancing during the show.

"It's happy music," said event organizer Gary Jerke. He described the band's sound as "phenomenal."

"If you like polka music at all, you will not be disappointed," he said.

Tickets to the event are $15, or $7.50 for anyone younger than 12. About 400 of the 500 available tickets have already been sold, Jerke said.

Drawings will be held for prizes such as food baskets and German beer. A bake sale featuring candies, cookies, bread, rolls, jams and other items will also take place during the festival.

"It's just a fun evening," Jerke said.

Anyone still in need of tickets for the event may contact Jerke at (605) 583-4544.