Bratwurst synonymous with Oktoberfest


Plump bratwursts heaped high with pungent sauerkraut served hot off the grill—the spicy German sausages made locally are synonymous with Oktoberfest celebrated Sunday in Pierz. The brat booth, sponsored by the Pierz Fire Department, is a favorite eating venue for many festival goers. Pictured preparing an order are, front, senior firefighters Larry Schmidtbauer, retiring this year after 29 years service, and Harold Meyer, an active member for 34 years. From the early morning fun run and Polka Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, to the Lions Parade and activities at the park, the 18th Annual Oktoberfest celebration show casing the area’s heritage was pronounced a huge success. Capping the day’s festivities were numerous drawings, including the grand prize of $500 won by Kristin Sczublewski of Pierz. Staff photo by Lorae Vardas

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