Oktoberfest arrives Saturday morning

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Nevada Daily Mail

How long has this been going on and how did this get started?

The actual event first started in October 1985 by Ken Lloyd, who was employed by Farm & Home Savings. Farm & Home Savings actually sponsored and planned the first Oktoberfest to raise funds for United Way of Vernon County. The first event was held at the Farm & Home parking lot. It was a success and has been held each year. One year it was held on the Courthouse lawn, but was moved back to the grassy lot and parking lot next to Great Southern Bank.

Who is doing this?

United Way of Vernon County. All events are planned by the office staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers of the United Way of Vernon County.

Why are you doing this?

To showcase our United Way member agencies and increase public awareness of the services they offer to Vernon County. This is also a fundraising event for our organization.

Why the public should attend:

It's a fun-filled day, with games for the kids, great food, and live musical entertainment. There's also the annual chili cook-off. We are extending our Chili Cookoff entry deadline. Teams can register until Friday afternoon. Our 19 member agencies will be having booths and we also have several other booths.

What gave you the idea for this kind of activity?

It's a great way for people to learn and support the United Way and attend fun events in the community.

What is your goal for this event?

Our goal for our annual campaign, which was kicked off on Sept. 30, is $112,000.00.

What else do you want the public to know about this?

It's an affordable event and a great way to spend time with the family while having a fun time and supporting the United Way of Vernon County.

About the event

When: Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Corner of Washington & Walnut in Nevada. Next to Great Southern Bank.

Contact info: United Way of Vernon County office -- 417-667-5563.

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