October 22, 2011
Raise your steins to another Celtic Fest/Oktoberfest come and gone! Carbondale Recreation would like to thank our generous sponsors for this two-day extravaganza: town of Carbondale, Premier Party Rental, Orrison Distributing, Warsteiner, Steve’s Guitars, Sopris Liquor and Wine, EverGreen Events, Comfort Inn and Suites Carbondale, and Days Inn Carbondale. Big thanks also to KDNK and Ackerman Log and Timber.
I would not be able to pull off this event without the long hours of help from Rebecca Wagner. Thanks also to rec staff members Eric Brendlinger, Justin Perdue, Olive Tampol, Liz Robinson, Crystal Beltz, Torrey Sanson, Feenagh O’Donnell-Pax, Kari Heuer and Bryan Kentfield.
My volunteers deserve a big hand for all their time and effort: Bryant Maggert, Jackie Powers, Ben Mackin, Shaggy and T Fink, Kimberly and Randy Henrie, Jessenia Gonzalez, Gage Reese, Ryan Wilch, Kelly McKibben and Mark Harro, Garrett Alexander, Josh MacNaughton, Gayle Wells, Ashley Weitzel, Mak Keeling, Alana Monge, Kersten Wilson, Cheryl Pitout, Scott Haycock, Allie Rochel and Jeremy Everding, Tom Heuer, Jake Heuer, Craig Helm, Gwen Garcelon, Candace and Rick Goodwin, Marc Cavatora, Zuleika and Dave Pevec, Jason White, Evan Cree, Allison Austin and Natalie Spears.
A very special thanks to Matt Wagner and Gail Heuer for jumping in when the event was at its busiest. They kept things running smoothly and were all-around amazing!
And here’s to the music and entertainment! We had traveling polka bands The Average German Band and Alpine Echo, as well as traveling German Dancers, T.E.V. Edelweiss Schuhplattlers. Local acts included Bristlecone Drive and The Public House, and The Starlettes and Steve Skinner and the Uninhibited Brazilians.
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Finally, thank you to Andy Grogger and crew for feeding the masses. And thank you to all who joined in the festivities and for the first time ever helped us run out of beer! We’ll see you all next year!