Sunday September 17, 2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Datil, New Mexico
Mark your calendars! September 17, 2017. From 11:00 – 5:00 PM Oktoberfest – Mexifest takes place in Datil. If you remember, Oktoberfest in Datil occurred on October 2, 2016. It was the first attempt by The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church to hold such an event. Like most fiestas, there was the traditional cakewalk, bingo, raffle, and silent auction. There was a good turn out and those in attendance had a great time. Unlike most New Mexico fiestas, it had a German theme and featured traditional German food (bratwursts, sauerkraut, potato salad, apple strudel), food that is not common to New Mexico. Beverages included nonalcoholic German beers, root beer, and water. The prizes were excellent, with many donated by businesses from Socorro (Lorraine’s Hair Company, Raks Building Supply, Randy’s Ace Hardware, Wells Fargo Bank), Las Lunas (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Chili’s, Starlight Cinema) and Albuquerque (Embassy Suites).
Roon and The Saddle Mountain Band provided music. Although many attendees wanted to stay longer to enjoy the music and dance, it seems as though it got too dark too early.
There were lessons learned and many of those lessons will be included in this year’s event. In particular – the theme of the Nativity’s fiesta will incorporate a Mexican presence – Oktoberfest & Mexifest in its food. Traditional Mexican and German food will be available, as will sodas, bottled water, and nonalcoholic German beers for lunch and early dinner. In addition, the event will start earlier in the day and allow for more dance time with an area of the grounds prepared for more folks who wish to dance. ZW – the mayor of Magdalena said he had such a good time last year that he will once again serve as chef by working the grill and setting up the food stations. Lee Sonne, lead singer from The Saddle Mountain Band, said that the band (now called “Luck ‘o the Draw Band with Bob Douglas and Friends”) had a great time and would be happy to perform again. They might even bring a few musicians from Truth or Consequences.
Unlike other fiestas, there is a cover charge to attend the Datil Oktoberfest/Mexifest. The charge is to cover the cost of supplies, pay the band, and purchase food products. Adult admission is $20.00 whereas children pay $10. Entertainment is included in this fee as is a hearty, delicious meal that includes a tasty dessert and bottled water.
Pictured from left to right: Megan Bausch, Caitlin Prinzo, and Ashleigh Jarzinski