15th annual Oktoberfest draws large crowds Oct. 9

MARYSVILLE — While the Marysville-Pilchuck High School football game against Lake Stevens raged on in the M-PHS stadium Oct. 9, the school's 15th annual Oktoberfest drew its own large, loud crowds that evening.

The M-PHS Oktoberfest celebration is made up of a collection of the school's ASB clubs, graduating classes, boosters and other community organizations, including Rotary, who are invited to sell items to help sponsor student activities throughout the year.

"They have lots of clubs here," said Kris Mikesell, a business teacher with the M-PHS School for the Entrepreneur and a Future Business Leaders of America faculty advisor. "There's everything from FBLA to DECA, junior class, senior class, National Honor Society, French Club, Spanish Club ... you name it, they're here."

In addition to selling football tosses and glow-bands, a wide variety of foods were available. The Latin Club's August Zamudio and Erin Husted couldn't help sampling some of their own gelato, while French Club member Anna Siriann dutifully donned a beret and dispensed cream puffs. The German Club served up slices of apple pie, while the Band Boosters topped their plates of pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Aida Cardona of the Japanese Club multitasked between handing out bottles of rice milk and supervising a fishing game involving live goldfish.

"It's a great opportunity to raise funds," Mikesell said. "My chapter alone raises at least $200-$300 in a matter of three hours. We can fundraise for a week and we'll be lucky to get that sometimes."

The student expenses offset by the Oktoberfest fundraiser have included conference fees, workshops, graduating class trips and various other trips during the school year.

"If you're ever going to come see at least one game a year, this is the game to come see," Mikesell said. "It's like going to the fair."

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