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Howell PBA to Host Annual Oktoberfest

Annual event benefits several local groups

The Howell PBA Local 228 will once again be bringing a little bit of Bavaria to Howell next month with their annual Oktoberfest celebration.

This marks the seventh year the group will hold it fundraiser at the on Route 33. The even it set to be held on Oct. 6 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

As with every year the day includes music, raffles, children's rides and plenty of entertainment for people of all ages. The menu is also full of authentic German food and drink items as well as more traditional barbecue choices like hot dogs and hamburgers as well as German and domestic beers and a free wine tasting event.

The cost is $35 per person over the age of 13 and and $10 for children between the ages of 7 and 12. All children under 6 are free of charge.

Ptl. Tom Matthews of the Howell Police Department said that the money raised from the event goes to help pay for some of the PBA's charitable efforts. Some of those groups helped include the Howell Food Pantry, the Brennan Stands Alone Foundation and the three Howell Little Leagues among others.  

Matthews said when the event was first held only 120 people came out. Since that time the crowd has grown many times over. "We kept at it and now it is a very large event," he said. "Thanks to our sponsors we can continue to add entertainment, food and things for the kids to do as well."

Starting as the brainchild of former PBA President Kevin Stout, Matthews said it has become a special day not only for the people who come out to enjoy the day but also the ones responsible for making it happen. "Oktoberfest is special because it's a family event, you can show up dressed however you want, and to quote almost everyone I speak to 'I can't believe all that you get for the ticket price,'" Matthews added. 

For more information about the event or how to become a sponsor contact Ptl. Matthews at 732-496-0606.

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