Oktoberfest celebrating German heritage in Socorro

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The Socorro County Historical Society will host its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 6. Festivities include good food and drink, live music, arts and crafts, model trains and other activities for the entire family to enjoy. Oktoberfest is held at the Hammel Museum from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The museum, the former Hammel Brewery, is located on Sixth Street behind Bodega Burger Co.

This year's lunch menu consists of your choice of grilled hamburgers, green chili burgers, brats or hotdogs served with potato or corn chips, beans, sauerkraut, drinks and condiments. George Killian's Red on tap will be served by Brewmeister Robert Eveleth. Lunch service begins at 11 a.m.

Enjoy your lunch with live music provided by Eileen Comstock's German Oompah band, Las Cantadas choral group led by Elsie Brower, and the Rawhide country and western band. Vendor tables will offer locally made arts and crafts, flowers, baked goods and other items.

The Socorro Train Gang will be opening their new railroad room in the museum during Oktoberfest, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon. Model trains and historic railroading items and photographs will also be on display.

Socorro's Oktoberfest is a tradition started by Socorro's early German families, including Jakob Hammel and his famous Hammel Brewery. His Bravarian Beer, brewed in Socorro, was sold throughout the west from the 1880s until closed by Prohibition. From the Hammels to the Zimmerlys, Socorro's history is peppered with German families that have made Socorro their home for generations.

But you don't have to be German to enjoy Socorro's Oktoberfest food and fun. Admission is free with lunch for a $5 per person donation. Adult beverages are sold separately.

For more information, or to reserve a vendor table, contact Robert Eveleth at 418-8132.