Dublin Villager

Legion post, VFW plan Oktoberfest fundraiser Oct. 13

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Oktoberfest will take over for a fundraiser formerly used by Dublin veteran groups.

The Dublin VFW Post 10691 and Dublin American Legion Post 800 will sponsor Oktoberfest from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Shawnee Hills Civic Center, 36 W. Mohawk Drive.

"For the last three years we did pasta at the post," said Jeff Noble, Dublin American Legion post commander.

"Hilliard used to have a building for the legion there and we'd do a spaghetti dinner, but they sold the building," Noble said.

"They also sold the kitchen. The kitchen was a prize. We couldn't find a place to cook pasta so this is a little easier. We're getting guys to bring in charcoal grills."

Oktoberfest is one of two fundraisers held annually.

"We do it mostly for Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State," Noble said.

"We send six kids every year to Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State."

The events are organized by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.

Buckeye Boys State "... is an eight-day, hands-on experience in the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization or political parties and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Ohio government," the organization's website stated.

According to the group's website, Buckeye Girls State "... was designed to educate Ohio's young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship."

Noble said the Oktoberfest fundraiser and the Army/Navy game fundraiser at the Winking Lizard on Bethel Road in northwest Columbus Dec. 8 help the veterans sponsor students at the weeklong educational events.

"We need two fundraisers a year to keep this alive," he said.

At Oktoberfest, bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut and other food will be available for a $10 donation.

"You can bring your own beer and bring one for a friend," Noble said.

Noble is hoping the new event draws 200 people.

"(Ohio State University) plays a night game," he said, adding that Oktoberfest won't interrupt football.

German music could also grace the event.

"We'll have to see what we can work out," Noble said. "People should come and have fun."

For more information about the event, email info@Dublinveterans.org.

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