Oktoberfest 2014, the 16th anniversary of the event, sponsored by the Chester Lions Club, was held recently at Chubb Park in Chester. The event was a resounding success by combining great family fun, community involvement and serious charitable fundraising.
The food was authentic German fare including bratwurst, smoked pork chops, and potato salad. Marvelous desserts; plum cake, beehive cake and apple strudel were inhaled by the hungry crowd. A favorite at the event was the specially brewed Oktoberfest beers available for a short period of time.
Attending families enjoyed the many games and rides offered. The Obstacle Course was the most popular with giggles from energetic youngsters throughout the weekend. The Pony rides, Photo Booth, Face Painting and the Sand Art were also popular. There was something for everyone including a wide variety of Classic Cars. Entertainment was supplied by the popular Adler’s Band who offered a wide selection of German music for dancing and listening.
The community was instrumental in the event’s success. Numerous volunteers were involved, from civic-minded individuals to the service clubs at West Morris Central High School and West Morris Mendham High School. Chester’s 50+ Club participated, as well as the very active Chester Lionesses. It was very heartening to see the enthusiasm exhibited by the volunteers. Everyone helped the Lions in their quest to fulfill their motto “We Serve”.
In previous years the proceeds from the Oktoberfest have been donated to numerous charities including Morristown Memorial Hospital, NJ Battered Women, Tsunami and Katrina relief and Hurricane Sandy relief, as well as local organization such as Fire Departments and First Aid Squads.
Oktoberfest 2014 turned into a happening and was a record breaker, the most successful event in the Chester Lions Club’s history. Thanks go out to all of our sponsors and suppliers who helped make it possible, and to the community for their support.
With your support the Chester Lions Club will continue its effort to help others.