LH Celebrates First Oktoberfest

Welcome to Lake Highlands Oktoberfest — All photos courtesy of the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands

Community Contribution

Lake Highlands was treated to the first community Oktoberfest Oct. 1 sponsored by the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands.

The festival took place at the Lake Highlands Town Center site. The weather was beautiful the entire day and it is estimated that more than 4,500 people attended.

There was ample and food and drink available to the crowd throughout the day, provided by local merchants Urban Crust, Enchilada’s, Eat the World, Fat Daddy’s Burger House, the Grape, and Kuby’s.

Several folk and polka performers — including STV Almarusch, Matt Tolentino and the Royal Klobasneks, and Doc Flor’s Oktoberfest Band— entertained the crowd. The Lake Highlands High School cheerleaders, Highlandettes, and Wrangers also performed to the delight of the crowd.

Thanks to the efforts of the Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA the young kids in attendance were entertained with bounce houses, face painting, an obstacle course, petting zoo, and pony rides.

“We could not be happier with the way the event turned out,” said Adam Meierhofer, co-chairman of the Oktoberfest. “We were able to put on an event for the entire community. It was great to see so many families, parents, and kids coming out and having fun. We hope this becomes an annual event for the Lake Highlands community and for the Dallas area in general.”

In addition to the food and fun, the festival also raised money for several worthy causes sponsored by the Exchange Club, including providing annual scholarships to seniors at Lake Highlands High School, sponsoring the teacher appreciation banquet at LHHS, providing tutors and mentors for students in the Lake Highlands attendance zone, providing emergency clothing, medical and dental care to area children and families in untimely circumstances, providing support for Healing Hands Medical and Dental Clinic in the Lake Highlands area. and providing support for one of the club’s main beneficiaries, the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Dallas.

“Our goal as an organization is to serve the community, and I thought we accomplished that goal in two ways — providing a family-friendly fun event and raising money for many of our organization’s good causes,” said Tate Gorman, co-chairman of the Oktoberfest. “Oktoberfest may well have been the largest community gathering in the history of Lake Highlands.”

Thanks to Robert W. Van Amburgh for providing the words and pictures.

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