In 1971, New Leipzig became home to North Dakota’s first authentic German Oktoberfest, a three-day festival that has grown through the years with the continued support and efforts of rural and city New Leipzig residents. In a town of only 200 residents, over 200 people come to the annual Oktoberfest fundraising event, which is held the last weekend in September. Oktoberfest is a fall celebration of their German heritage and a time for thanks at the close of harvest season.
Carrie Roth secretary/treasurer of the Town and Country Booster Club in New Leipzig chairs most all the activities held in the community including Oktoberfest and a community Christmas party. She states, “Dakota Community Bank & Trust is very involved in supporting that venture. The last three or four years, they have sponsored the bands to come for entertainment, which is a big asset to us because it allows our booster club to generate somewhat of a profit so that we can keep up the Community Center as well.”
The Oktoberfest community-wide celebration is full of music, heritage, a beer garden, parade, and fun. Roth mentions, “Oktoberfest is a really big community thank you. We want to make it a family affair that is economical for them to come to but it is one of our main fundraisers throughout the year.” Over the years, the event has been held at various buildings around town, but came to the point where there was no building available to hold their annual celebration. A decision by the community in conjunction with the Town and Country Booster Club led to the community center getting started.
In 2017, the community center had some problems with the roof leaking due to the initial insulation not being installed correctly. Knowing that the insulation needed to be ripped out and re-insulated as well as updates to the wiring and lights, Dakota Community Bank & Trust (DCB&T) and the Booster Club were able to step in to provide all the funding needed to fix the issues at hand. “The last ten years Dakota Community Bank & Trust has really become involved in supporting the Community Center and keeping it up. They have donated to many of the projects. They have also offered to help us update our refrigerators which is happening right now. The building belongs to the city of New Leipzig but all the maintenance and furnishings are done by the Town and Country Booster Club,” says Roth.
Just like Oktoberfest and the city of New Leipzig, DCB&T’s roots are embedded in community involvement. “Dakota Community Bank & Trust’s people are so involved in the community and they are so involved in our Oktoberfest celebration. I cannot say enough good things about them. Every employee is involved in many activities. They are all about the community,” closes Roth.
Oktoberfest is a time for fun and a time for giving thanks for the town’s many blessings. For more information about New Leipzig’s Oktoberfest event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/124312528661/
Written by Lindsey Hefta, Marketing Director