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On Centre: Penns Valley | Lift a glass to support Millheim Fire Company

Pull out your lederhosen; it’s almost time for the second annual Millheim Oktoberfest.

Elk Creek Cafe proprietor Tim Bowser, in partnership with the Millheim Business Community and the Millheim Fire Company, is sponsoring the event to help raise money for the fire department.

“We really want our fire department to know how much Penns Valley appreciates their services to our community,” Bowser said.

The event will feature Elk Creek beer and German food provided by Elk Creek, Penn College, Triple Creek Lodge and other local businesses. Live music will also be featured, along with the Pleasant Valley clog dancers and the Bavarian Stompers.

Bowser said the goal is to raise about $6,000 — double what the company netted last year.

“They give so much to us so this is our way to give back,” Bowser said. “We know how much help they need.”

There is no entry fee, but Bower said guests must purchase a mug for $15 to try the beer. That also includes a token for food. Mugs and chips will also be sold separately.

Last year, about 600 people attended the event. This year, Bowser said he’s hoping that — pending nice weather — it will attract more than 1,000 guests.

“It’s for the fire department and primarily about the authentic German-style Oktoberfest atmosphere,” Bowser said.

Bowser said that last year he met a couple from Germany who attended the Millheim Oktoberfest and had nothing but positive things to say.

“We were told Oktoberfest is less about the size of the party and more about good food, good people, good beer and good entertainment, and that we hit those key points,” Bowser said.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 behind the fire hall on North Street in downtown Millheim. Parking is free.

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