Ein Prosit! Bavaria, north shore style

Truro Daily News - - Colchester County - BY LYNN CUR­WIN

Cathy von Kintzel at­tended her first Ok­to­ber­fest as a vol­un­teer, and she en­joyed it so much she’s now been in­volved for more than 25 years.

She now co­or­di­nates staffing for the an­nual event, which again this week­end will draw thou­sands of peo­ple to Tatamagouche.

“I was fairly new to Tatamagouche and hadn’t at­tended be­fore, but I was hooked right away,” she said. “When you walk into the arena and see the dec­o­ra­tions, hear the mu­sic and smell the food you’re trans­ported some­where else.

“Ev­ery­thing is so much fun and every­one is so pos­i­tive. I knew I would al­ways want to be in­volved.”

Though she isn’t Ger­man her­self by her­itage when von Kintzel mar­ried, she be­came part of a Ger­man fam­ily.

“Sven and I got in­volved with Ok­to­ber­fest at the same time,” she said. “We were dat­ing then. He’s still in­volved too. He’s been run­ning the bar, with oth­ers, for sev­eral years.”

She feels one of the things that makes the cel­e­bra­tion spe­cial is that it’s a com­mu­nity event. Most of the peo­ple who come in to work at the event are vol­un­teers from other non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions. In­stead of pay­ing staff, the non-prof­its are given money for the work.

“It’s a win-win,” said von Kintzel. “They raise money and we get awe­some vol­un­teers.

We’ve also had new mem­bers join us the last few years, and take on lead­er­ship roles, which is won­der­ful.”

She added that al­though the event is run like a busi­ness and rules must be fol­lowed, the vol­un­teers have a lot of fun.

The first Tatamagouche Ok­to­ber­fest was held 39 years ago and drew about 85 vis­i­tors. The cel­e­bra­tion, or­ga­nized by The North Shore Bavar­ian So­ci­ety, now brings about 3,000 party-go­ers to the vil­lage.

It’s the largest Ok­to­ber­fest cel­e­bra­tion east of Kitch­ener-water­loo, Ont., and bands from that area per­form at the event. This year’s en­ter­tain­ment is be­ing pro­vided by Twin City Alpine Echo, and Vari­a­tions.

Of course, Ok­to­ber­fest also in­cludes food, bev­er­ages and danc­ing. Things be­gin Fri­day evening, open­ing with a lo­cal band, from 6 to 11 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $5 at the door.

Tick­ets for the af­ter­noon’s ac­tiv­i­ties sold out within 10 days. Some still re­mained for Satur­day evening, from 7 p.m. to mid­night. The cost is $20 each, and those in­ter­ested can check with Ticket At­lantic, Bal­moral Mo­tel, Mingo’s Mu­sic Sales, C.G. Ful­ton’s Phar­macy, The Pork Shop, Jack & Ella’s Gifts & Treats, and Tatamagouche Food­land.

Ok­to­ber­fest cel­e­bra­tion are held Sept. 28-29 at the North Shore Recre­ation Cen­tre,

30 Blair Av­enue, but the en­tire vil­lage gets into the spirit, and a dec­o­rat­ing con­test is held for mer­chants.


Melinda den­hamm, left, and Theo den­hamm, right, blended tra­di­tional Bavar­ian out­fits with a steam­punk theme at last year’s Tatamagouche Ok­to­ber­fest. They were joined by their friend Tracy Forbes, from Al­berta.

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