Crabto­ber­fest re­turns for 12th year

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— The 12th an­nual Crabto­ber­fest will be hosted by the Dorch­ester County In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil on Satur­day, Sept. 30.

From 3 to 9 p.m. at Sail­winds Gover­nors Hall, fes­ti­val-go­ers will en­joy German food, beer, and mu­sic, a car show, an ex­panded kid’s en­ter­tain­ment area, and a

Dorch­ester County Heritage Area, cel­e­brat­ing our county from agriculture to life on the wa­ter.

German rock band echte Frunde Mun­dart­band will re­turn this year to per­form at the fes­ti­val.

In 2005, the Dorch­ester County Coun­cil and Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce part­nered with the Dueren County Coun­cil in Ger­many with the hopes of sig­nif­i­cantly and pos­i­tively im­pact­ing this re­gion’s cul­tural, eco­nomic, ed­u­ca­tional, civic and busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment. The re­sult­ing Dorch­ester–Dueren Sis­ter County Part­ner­ship seeks to de­velop chan­nels to fa­cil­i­tate the ex­change of in­for­ma­tion, ideas, cul­tures, and busi­ness prac­tices be­tween the coun­ties.

By es­tab­lish­ing a strong work­ing bond with its sis­ter county, Dorch­ester hopes to ex­pand eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment through in­ter­na­tional busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and by adopt­ing in­no­va­tive ideas in the ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion, busi­ness, tourism, health, and more.

The Dorch­ester County In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil (DCIC) is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that has been set up to raise and man­age funds re­lated to ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to this part­ner­ship.

More than 200 stu­dents have trav­eled be­tween Dorch­ester and Dueren coun­ties as part of this pro­gram. The stu­dents in­volved in these ex­change trips are very much aware of our econ­omy’s global na­ture. It is hoped that this op­por­tu­nity will al­low for a more col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween na­tions in the fu­ture.

“Our part­ner­ship is ever ex­pand­ing and diver­si­fy­ing. This year’s Dorch­ester County ex­change stu­dents all ex­pressed they had one of the best ex­pe­ri­ences of their lives,” said Jen­nifer Brant, pres­i­dent of the DCIC. “This is a unique pro­gram of ex­pe­ri­ence and travel for our stu­dents and German stu­dents, and the pro­gram con­tin­ues to grow. Crabto­ber­fest is our way of giv­ing Dorch­ester a small taste of German food, mu­sic, and fun while rais­ing funds to sup­port ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to the ex­change. We moved the event back to Gover­nor’s Hall at Sail­winds Park this year to al­low us to have larger and more ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Crabto­ber­fest is DCIC’s pri­mary fundrais­ing op­por­tu­nity for the year. Tick­ets are $10 for adults, $5 for chil­dren 3 to 12 years of age, and free for chil­dren 2 and un­der. Spon­sor­ship op­tions are still avail­able for the event. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, visit www.Crabto­ber­fest.com or con­tact the Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce at 410-228-3575.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Of­fi­cial tap­ping of the keg at Crabto­ber­fest with Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Tal­bot; Dorch­ester County In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Jen­nifer Brant; Cam­bridge Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­sonS­tan­ley; and Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore.

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