The rainy weather held off for Sechelt’s Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 25, allowing the community event to draw a “great turnout” at Rockwood Lodge.
Around 500 people joined the festivities, Theressa Logan, the executive director of the Sechelt Downtown Business Association (SDBA), told Coast Reporter.
“We had a mix of people from the farmers’ market, some tourists, people who were at the electric car festival, people who were from the BC Bike Race. We had a great mix of community and people from off-Coast who attended,” Logan said.
Food trucks were introduced to the lineup this year, joining the local brewers and distillers in serving up attendees with a taste of fall flavour. The Hook, Whiskey Business and DJ Busy B played during the event, inspiring some to move to the music. Winners of the best beer stein and best lederhosen competitions also took home some gift cards to downtown Sechelt shops.
A $5 cover fee helped pay for the entertainment. If any money is left over, Logan said the SDBA hopes to work with the Rotary Club to build year-round seating platforms for downtown.
Logan said the event had just enough volunteers, and couldn’t have been done without their help. She hopes more young people will volunteer their time for future events, such as the upcoming Sechelt Festival of Lights, to make sure these community celebrations survive.