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Readers say thanks

Thank you so much to everyone who turned out for this year’s third annual Celtic Fest and seventh annual Oktoberfest in Carbondale.

Thank you to Fraulein Rebecca “Becklesworth” McCarthy of the Carbondale Recreation Department and Herr Steve Standiford of Steve’s Guitars. Without their expertise, time, and endless efforts, this event could not happen.

A huge thanks to all our generous sponsors, including the town of Carbondale, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, KDNK, Steve’s Guitars, Peak Party Rental, High Point Brewery and Bill Lodge, and Warsteiner. And thank you to Jacober Brothers Construction for lending us their water rights for the day.



Many thanks to Andy Grogger of Andy’s Ice Carving and his lederhosen-clad workers, for serving up authentic Austrian cuisine, as well as assisting with the wooden keg and other activities. And thanks to Ron Goth and his crew from Swiss Gourmet for preparing culinary Celtic treats.

The Roaring Fork Highlanders deserve a hand for providing plenty of piping-good entertainment. Thank you to bag-pipe band members Will Lamont, Jason Anderson, and Tom Cochran.



Another round of applause goes out to all the bands: The Last Minute String Band, Jimmy Byrne, Ted Frisbie, and Chris Harrison, the Average German Band, Alpine Echo, The Redtones, Elemenopee, and Megan Goodwin and Shanti Gruber of the Tippetts.

Thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work: Danielle Boyle, Crystal Beltz, Kari Heuer, J Sanford, Lee Maggert, Taylor Maggert, Misael Fernandez, Jonathan Holton, Ben Mackin, Dusty Worley, Scott Haycock, Whitney Nickolai, Kristin Wilmann, Garrett Alexander, Allie Rochel, Jeremy Everding, Robin Scher, Kelly McKibben, Aaron Shaffer, Sara Peuschold, Bryant Maggert, Jason Holton, and Melissa Waters. A very special thank-you to Mike Siomiak for all his help before, during, and after the event, and to Brendon Langenhuizen for staying late to help with clean-up duty.

Thank you to all our contest competitors and congratulations to our contest winners in the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest, Liter-Holding Contest, Bratwurst-Eating Contest, and Nail-Driving Contest.

Habe einen guten tag! Oom pah pah!

Jessi Rochel

Carbondale Recreation


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