FORT KENT, Maine — An Oktoberfest celebration – featuring an outdoor pig roast, musical entertainment, and a membership drive – raised $1,200 for the Fort Kent Outdoor Center on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Guests played badminton, bocce, and volleyball before feasting on the pig roast, which EggHead’s BBQ and Grill prepared. After the meal, they retired to the lodge for musical entertainment by a band comprised of local musicians.
Organizers sold 127 tickets for the event, which also brought in more than 30 FKOC memberships. The center provides opportunities for people to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and cross-country skiing on miles of maintained trails.
According to Fort Kent Outdoor Center President Laura Audibert, Oktoberfest will help replenish some of the money the FKOC recently spent on a new trail groomer. “The funds will help go towards building our savings account back up,” she said.
Oktoberfest was also an opportunity for members of the club to socialize, as they did not hold their annual barbecue this summer in anticipation of a September music festival which did not occur.
Audibert said Saturday’s event was a success. “I thought it was great. Everyone seemed to have a really good time. … It was nice to see some familiar faces and some new faces. It was a really good time and everything worked out really well.”
The Fort Kent Outdoor Center directors issued a letter to friends and members to thank the many volunteers who helped with the Oktoberfest celebration. Dawn Daigle and Suzie Paradis decorated the lodge. Gail Johnson, Pat Theriault, Lucille Loder, and Sharon Saucier – also known as The Kitchen Crew – worked overtime to help Andrew Paradis, owner of Egghead’s BBQ & Grill, prepare the meal. Andrea Ouellette, Lisa Fournier, Cody Johnson, Emily Ouellette, Steve Johnson and Frances LaBrie put their pork-pulling skills to good use. Peggy Carson and John Dumond tended the open bar and also donated $75 worth of tips to the FKOC. Sylvia Dow-Harvey and Frances LaBrie handled merchandise sales. Joey Ouellette and Irene Murphy staffed the membership table. Dan Chasse, Biz Gagnon, CJ Theriault, and Curt Harvey donated their time and talent to provide musical entertainment.
The letter also offered a special thanks to the Oktoberfest Event Committee: Dawn Daigle, Suzie Paradis, Gail Johnson, Pat Theriault, Bill Loder, Lucille Loder, and Sylvia Dow-Harvey.
Paradis Shop ‘n Save, Bouchard Farms, Pat Theriault, Dawn Daigle, Suzie Paradis, Donna Roy and Gail Johnson donated supplies to the Oktoberfest event.
The Fort Kent Outdoor Center will host an annual Welcome Winter Social on Dec. 3, and will announce further details about that event soon.