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Corte Madera Brews Up Successful Oktoberfest

Beers flow fast as hundreds gather at Old Town Square for an afternoon's delight.

Everyone got into the spirit of Oktoberfest with a raised mug and a song in Old Corte Madera Square on Saturday.

Any worries about rain vanished early with warm October temperatures and clear skies. That left everyone in a mood to eat, drink and be merry. The annual event, started in 1994, drew huge crowds from around the Bay Area and beyond to enjoy beer, hot dogs, bratwursts and more.

The festive atmosphere combined Oktoberfest traditions right down to the lederhosen, Halloween spirits, and San Francisco Giants playoff fever. Orange and black were definitely the colors of the day, with a touch of green thrown in here and there.

Mendocino's North Coast Brewery brought seven beers and ran out well before the end of the party. Other brewers included local favorites Marin Brewing Company, Pizza Orgasmica, Anchor Steam, Broken Drum and Sierra Nevada. Others included Lost Coast, Mucky Ducky Pub, Grand Teton Brewing Co., Moonlight Brewing Co. and Waterstone Winery.

Proceeds from ticket and official t-shirt sales for Oktoberfest benefit the Corte Madera Beautification Committee and its activities, some of which were clearly on display surrounding the Town Square. The Beautification Committee provides the hanging flower baskets around town.

The local Lion's Club had one of the biggest hits of the festival: a plateful of bratwurst, sauerkraut and German potato salad for $6. Corte Madera restaurants Max's and Stefano's added their own tastes.

Oktoberfest was about more than good food and good drinks, however. There was music from the Corte Madera Town Band and others; a silent auction; and games and crafts.

The Storks of Marin General Hospital, the Corte Madera-Larkspur Mother's Club and Holy Innocent's Episcopel Church were among the non-profits trying to raise funds at the festival.

Jana Haehl October 14, 2012 at 03:11 PM
What a day! The autumn sun was certainly shining on Corte Madera's 19th annual Oktoberfest celebration as over 1600 festival-goers came Old Corte Madera Square to hear live music, drink icy cold beer, feast on tasty food, and bid on silent-auction items. Many local folks also brought their kids to enjoy the jump-house, relay races plus other games on the upper lawn, and crafts tables, along with ice cream and root beer floats. Sponsored by the Corte Madera Community Foundation and the Corte Madera Lions Club, the Oktoberfest event is staffed by over a hundred local volunteers every year. Interested in helping at next year's event? Contact <OktoberfestCM@comcast.net> If you took photos that can be posted on the www.OctoberfestCorteMadera.org website, send them as attachments to e-mail at <OktoberfestCM@comcast.net> And be sure to put the second Saturday in October on your 2013 calendar, which is October 12th. See you there next year!
Tracy October 15, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Octoberfest is a great way to spend an afternoon. It's fun had by all.
Rocky October 15, 2012 at 03:13 AM
There's always great beer at Oktoberfest in Corte Madera. This is always an annual event for me.

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