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Polson celebrates fall with Oktoberfest

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POLSON – The bratwurst sausages were hot and there were plenty of cold beverages to wash them down on Saturday during Polson’s first OktoberFest at the fairgrounds.

The Polson Business Community and the Polson Chamber of Commerce hosted the event. Polson’s history isn’t exactly full of German influence but that didn’t stop event organizers from rolling out the first of what’s expected to be many more OktoberFest events to come.

Creating the new event was an easy decision, according to Dusty Kisler, owner of Perfect Shot Tavern in downtown Polson. “It seemed like Polson was the only city in Montana without an Oktoberfest,” Kisler said. “The weather is perfect this time of year, and it just seemed like a no-brainer to do an Oktoberfest.”

Saturday’s event was a great opportunity for friends to gather and enjoy a nice fall day. “The food is good, the beer is nice but people are just so happy,” said Shari Sego. “How can you not be happy at Oktoberfest?”

In addition to the good food and beer provided by food truck vendors, competitive events like a beer keg throwing contest, beer stein-holding competition and a costume contest were also held.

“We had a good turn out,” said Kisler. “More than 300 people showed up.”

Saturday’s steady first-year turnout was encouraging enough for organizers to begin planning for a second event in 2020.

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