Ok­to­ber­fest thrills crowd

Benalla Ensign - - Local Classies -

Ok­to­ber­fest Be­nalla was even big­ger than an­tic­i­pated and or­gan­is­ers are thrilled the com­mu­nity sup­ported the event.

The event at­tracted a range of peo­ple young and old in­clud­ing fam­i­lies, teenagers, out-of-town­ers and many lo­cals.

Or­gan­is­ers An­drew Vale and Ge­off Sch­wind said the sup­port had been phe­nom­e­nal and the day couldn’t have been bet­ter.

‘‘The SHED en­cour­aged peo­ple to drink re­spon­si­bly and we wanted to thank everyone who came and just made the most of it,’’ Mr Vale said.

“It was in­cred­i­ble to see groups of peo­ple en­joy­ing the food and at­mos­phere.

‘‘We couldn’t have done it with­out the sup­port of the lo­cals.’’

The venue was an ideal area to host the event and al­lowed for a range of amuse­ments in­clud­ing Shet­land ponies, jump­ing cas­tles, clowns and a pi­rate ship.

The Ger­man Beer Hall was pop­u­lar, with pa­trons re­serv­ing tables to make sure they got the best seat in the house.

The spring weather was also per­fect for Ok­to­ber­fest and there were no seats to spare out­side.

The mood was fes­tive, with peo­ple go­ing to the ef­fort of dress­ing up, en­ter­ing them­selves in the com­pe­ti­tions and en­joy­ing the food and im­ported Ger­man beer.

Or­gan­is­ers hope to make Ok­to­ber­fest Be­nalla an an­nual event and are al­ready plan­ning for next year.

Ok­to­ber­fest Be­nalla pro­vided a great ex­cuse to dress-up.

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