Appreciation dinner ‘Octoberfest’ style

Blair Kuefler successfully puts the ‘egg in the cup’ trick by whacking the cardboard with a broom handle, previously demonstrated by entertainer Rudi Koller who then asked Blair to volunteer. Rudi Koller, entertainer from Penhold, set the pace with fun and games at the Battle River Research Group Octoberfest in Galahad Oct. 22. ECA Review/J. Gedde

The Battle River Research Group  (BRRG) hosted a farmer’s appreciation dinner “Octoberfest” style in Galahad on Sat., Oct. 22 at the Galahad Agriplex.
The Battle River Research Group (BBRG) is a non- profit grassroots organization that focuses on independent agricultural research, management and stewardship of agriculture interests in east-central Alberta.
They offer integrated support through partnerships within the industry, the producers, and government.
They provide industry related seminars and events for their membership base.
Doreen Blumhagen; vice-president of the BBRG, suggested hosting a farmer appreciation night  and Martina Alder, Assistant Extension Environmental Co-ordinator suggested an Octoberfest theme and voila or “gefunden” the first official BBRG Octoberfest in Galahad became reality.
Nothing says Octoberfest like accordion music, good German food, and beer-well the BBRG delivered!
The hall was decorated in a blue and white checked Bavarian theme as the aroma of sausage and sauerkraut saturated the air and German folk music played in the background.
Sean Willms of Norsemen Brewing Co. from Camrose and Bruce Anderson of Ribstone Creek Brewery from Edgerton offered free samples of their award winning craft beer throughout the evening.
Blair Kuefler, a BBRG board member donated red and white wine.
On the menu was stump pot, spätzle, bratwurst and farmer sausages, sauerkraut and root vegetables. It was followed by black forest cake and apple strudel for dessert. Rudi Koller; a charismatic man from Penhold provided the evening’s entertainment.
Koller emigrated from Weinfelden, Switzerland over a decade ago and is proprietor of Rocky Mountain Meats.
He is a master butcher with some extraordinary entertainment skills.
Koller was dressed in lederhosen as he entertained with his accordion.
He played some games and dances that required audience participation.
Koller showcased a physics/magic moment that required an egg, a piece of cardboard, a broom, and a glass of water- (this did end better than anticipated!)
“This event gave us an opportunity to show our appreciation to the farmers, our members, and local residents,” said Alder.
“I was very impressed with Cookin Cuzins Catering as they embraced the recipes provided,” Alder continued, “Rudi added a flavourful touch as he is not a mainstream type of performer.”
“I am not sure if this will be an annual event, Alder added, “but I think it will be discussed by our board.”

Submitted by Jamie Geddes

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