Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Terminator himself, claims “Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.” Which is all the easier for those attending Hoptoberfest, a celebration of craft brews and good times hosted by the East Grays Harbor Rotary Club.
The fifth annual Hoptoberfest is slated for Saturday, October 11 from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Ocean Shores.
“The monies raised support our scholarship and charity funds. To date Hoptoberfest has raised over $40,000,” explains Rotary Club member Donna Rosi. “East Grays Harbor Rotary Club was formed in 2005 with 22 members. We tried selling roses, raffle tickets, and doing pancake breakfast fundraisers. With a small (but mighty) group, we decided it was better to concentrate our efforts. We do Hoptoberfest for the scholarship and charity funds and Pair of Hearts Ball in February, to support the Children’s Advocacy Center.”
Attendance is expected to be between 800 – 1,200 thirsty souls looking to partake in games, prizes, food, and more than 22 microbrews, as well as wine and spirits. Music will be provided by Ken and Christine, Slightly Awry, and Six Pack Pretty amongst others, all hometown favorites.
There will also be a silent auction, games, and prizes…even tickets to the upcoming Seahawks bout against the San Francisco 49’ers.
Amy Thomason, EGH Rotary club treasurer, tried listing some of the many recipients of the Hoptoberfest proceeds. “Off the top of my head: Shop with a Cop, Salvation Army, Making a Difference for Grays Harbor Kids, The Rotary Foundation-Clean Water Project, RYLA, Catholic Community Services, NW Response-Oso landside relief fund, Beyond Survival, Anchor Bank-Big Little Program, Centralia Rotary Project Foundation-PNG Project, The Rotary Foundation-ShelterBox.”
Agrees Rosi, “We know there are other beer festivals out there, so thanks for helping support local charities and scholarships by attending Hoptoberfest!”
Admission is only $10 to enjoy the entire day’s worth of fun. Tickets are available online or in person at Grays Harbor Radio in Aberdeen, Umpqua Bank in Montesano, Foothills Massage in Elma, and Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Ocean Shores.
Quinault Beach is also offering a special room rate for Hoptoberfest guests, but the hotel is filling up fast. For details, see the accommodation details online or call Quinault Beach and mention promo code Hoptoberfest.
Let’s be honest: having fun is good but having fun that benefits the community is even better. And with the blessing of Schwarzenegger himself, how can you go wrong?
For more information or with questions about the event, call 360-533-1320.