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Backers hope this year’s event kick-starts Octoberfest again

Posted: Friday, Oct 12th, 2012

The 27th annual Octoberfest was held Oct. 6 at city park, as organizers try to reinvigorate the once-robust, charitable event.

Steve Lippert, of Limey’s Cycle shop, has been instrumental in putting it on since the first year. “It started out as around two dozen people, cooking steaks and playing with our bikes, and just grew each year.” Octoberfest once drew large crowds, but it became difficult to get enough people to put it on without someone getting offended, he said.

The event raises money for the Modified Motorcycle Association scholarship program, Northern Arizona Toys for Tots and AMC Strike Against Cancer.

Lippert said they don’t have a final tally on the money, but while the event was not huge, they raised a fair amount.

Strong support from the business community helped prompt the event’s return, explained Lippert, adding that he feels the participants helped reestablish the festival this year. “Everyone that attended had a good time. People said that it had more of a family reunion feel this year, in a good way.

“We always want it to be bigger and better, but we are satisfied. It’s all about the fun and what good we can do, not how many thousands of people show up.”

Lippert said the focus this year was mostly on getting the event jumpstarted again and promised next year will be better.

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