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12th Annual Wurstfest
by Goldie Begley
On September 29th, smoke from the BC Sunrise Rotary grill in Bicentennial Park will mark the beginning of the 12th Annual WurstFest. At 11 a.m., the Rotary Bratgrillers will begin cooking over 4000 brats, sausages and hot dogs with all the trimmings. Beer, margaritas and soft drinks will also be on hand. Last year a successful Wine Tasting Pavilion was added to the event.
The WurstFest again will have live and silent auctions, a classic car show, food, entertainment, wine tasting, fun for the children, and in the evening a street dance.
The Hustlers Car Club’s classic car show has become a tradition with several hundred cars on display in the park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Dummkopf’s German polka band will delight the crowd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with their usual oompa musical comedy routine.
During the evening, the ever popular Tommy Rocker’s “Conched Out” Band will play sounds of Jimmy Buffet, the Beach Boys and some Rock n’ Roll.
The highlights of the WurstFest are always the two auctions. Items for the silent auction bidding wars (1 to 3 p.m.) include donations from local merchants, Rotarians and friends, such as gift certificates, artwork, jewelry, theme baskets and even an Oscar Goodman bobble head.
Some of the items included in the live auction in the past have been golf and vacation packages, furniture, sports memorabilia, vehicles, tandem bikes and much more. Yes, I said vehicles! Also, $1000 toward a Christmas party at Lake Mead Cruises.
Zany Rotarian auctioneers Doug Scheppmann and Rich Baughman will add fun to the live auction which will run from 4 to 6 p.m.
For the delight of the children there will be a no charge play area overseen by Rotarians.
This popular and successful annual event is Sunrise Rotary’s only fundraising project and the proceeds go back into community activities, the largest of these being the alcohol and drug-free “All Night Party” hosted for the Boulder City High School graduating seniors. Planned to keep young adults safe on graduation night, the event takes lots of manpower and costs approximately $30,000. However, it is Sunrise Rotary’s most rewarding project!