Oktoberfest offers more excitement as the event and Pierz Lions celebrate significant anniversaries

A specially-marked Pierz Oktoberfest button is hidden within the city of Pierz. The lucky person who finds it will win $500 in Pierz Bucks.
A specially-marked Pierz Oktoberfest button is hidden within the city of Pierz. The lucky person who finds it will win $500 in Pierz Bucks.

Fun begins Sunday, Aug. 17, with Oktoberfest medallion hunt

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor

With the Oktoberfest in its 30th year and the Pierz Lions Club commemorating 50 years of service, the annual Pierz community event is chock-full of celebratory activities.

Initiated in 1984, the event started as a celebration of the area’s German heritage.

The week kicks off with the medallion hunt Sunday, Aug. 17, and will run all week or until the medallion, featuring the Pierz Lions logo is found. The lucky person who finds the specially-marked button can claim $500 in Pierz Bucks, but must have purchased one of the buttons to claim the prize.

Clues as to the whereabouts of the medallion will be posted at Pierz area businesses, can be found online at www.mcrecord.com, and will be announced on the local radio station.

The first clue for Sunday, Aug. 17 is:

The clues will lead you to the prize,
So don’t put up a stink.
It’s true the hunt is difficult,
It’s all to make you think.

Horizon Health traditionally kicks off the weekend the Friday before Oktoberfest, with the “Wacky Hacker” golf tournament. Golfers are asked to wear a mask or a cape and to bring their “super powers” to the “Super Hero Day” themed event. All proceeds go to benefit Horizon Health’s Faith in Action program. For information, call Horizon Health at 1 (800) 224-6451.

The city of Pierz is gearing up for its annual celebration, Pierz Oktoberfest, Sunday, Aug. 24.
The city of Pierz is gearing up for its annual celebration, Pierz Oktoberfest, Sunday, Aug. 24.

The golfing fun continues Saturday, as Holy Trinity School in Pierz also hosts a golf tournament fundraiser. To register, call (218) 820-0772.

Special entertainment Saturday, Aug. 24, will be provided by the “Kingery Family,” who will perform a free gospel bluegrass concern on the Pierz Elementary School grounds, from 8: p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair, and stay for the 10 p.m. fireworks display northeast of Pierz Healy High, but probably visible from many parts of town.

The celebration gets into full swing Sunday, Aug. 24, with the Pierz Lions Fun Run, that will benefit Horizon Health hospice. The two-mile and five-mile runs begin at 8 a.m. at Healy High School. Runners can register that morning.

The Pierz Lions Club parade winds its way through the city beginning at 11 a.m. Grand Marshal John “H” Hellie will lead the parade, which will feature the Pierz High School Band, the St. Cloud All-City Marching Band, clowns, St. Cloud Shrine Go-Karters and many floats.

After the parade, an afternoon of fun starts at the Pierz Park. Although no parking is allowed down at the park, guests can hop on free shuttle busses running all afternoon from parking locations at Pierz Healy High School, St. Joseph’s Church and the rear of Pierz Foods.

At the park, those wearing an Oktoberfest button can win prizes, including $50 Pierz Bucks every half hour, with a grand prize drawing at 5 p.m.

In addition to Vogel’s exotic animals, kids can enjoy a petting zoo, camel rides, games, water wars, clowns and play on inflatables. Other activities include an antique gas engine display, bingo and Ray Boessel Jr. will be on hand with his birch bark canoes.

The Pierz Volunteer Fire Department will serve grilled brats and sauerkraut amidst other food and beverage stands, including “Gemüse,” a German favorite, homemade pie and ice cream and more.

Entertainment through the afternoon will be provided by “Social Security Express” and “Henry Stockert and Friends.”

Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to dress up in German costumes to add a unique flavor to the event.

Saturday evening, a “Champions Forever” (Crevier Family) show, sponsored by Fellowship Bible Church, will commence at 7 p.m. near the Pierz Healy High School MAC.

Oktoberfest is possible through the efforts of the Pierz Area Commercial Club, Pierz Lions, Pierz Fire Relief Association, Oktoberfest Committee, the city of Pierz and corporate sponsors.


Medallion hunt rules:

As Oktoberfest treasure seekers begin their quest to claim fortune and fame as this year’s winner of the Pierz Oktoberfest medallion hunt, there are a few rules to remember.

The specially-marked 2014 white Oktoberfest button with blue and gold is hidden on public property somewhere in the city limits of Pierz. It is not hidden higher than a person can reach, near a river, or on the Pierz Municipal Golf Course, so searchers need not climb, wade or go near the course.

In order to claim the prize, the successful hunter must have a 2014 Oktoberfest button, available for sale at Pierz area businesses.

Anyone who thinks they have found the special button must turn it in at Hartmann’s Store in Pierz, or call (320) 468-2506.

If the treasure isn’t found by 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, a drawing will be held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 24 at Pierz Park. The drawing will include all button holders. Previous winners cannot win again.

Each day, a new clue will be released until someone finds the treasure. Clues will be available at Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Pierz, on the Record’s website, www.mcrecord.com and on Little Falls radio stations, but not before 6 a.m.