RANGELEY — Winners of the Rangeley Oktoberfest Weekend, held Oct. 1-4, have been announced. Ceremonies were held Oct. 4 at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce office.

The annual Rangeley Oktoberfest Brat & Strudel Contest was sponsored by the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce and hosted by The Rangeley Inn and Tavern, according to a news release from organizers.

Local chefs prepared their best brat and strudel and their entries were judged by both a panel of expert judge, Ron Haines, Klara Haines and Lisa Hofmann, with a popular vote from the almost 80 attendees.

The winners:

Judges’ Vote

Brat — Rangeley IGA (Buzzy Jensen)

Strudel — Inner Eye (Joanna Farrar)

Popular Vote

Brat — tie: Forks in the Air (Payson Farrar) and Rangeley IGA (Buzzy Jensen)

Strudel — Saddleback Maine (Patrick Friel)

Many visitors picked up a copy of the Rangeley Oktoberfest brochure and passport and collected stamps at participating businesses. All stamped passports were entered into a random drawing for the grand prize, donated by Moose Alley. The winner of the grand prize (a custom bowling ball, ball bag, gift certificate and T-shirts) was drawn by Chamber Board member Karen Seaman, general manager of Forks in the Air, and the lucky winner was Sue Lind, of Rangeley. Lind also was the winner in the women’s stein hoisting competition and Rusty Shorey was the winner in the men’s category.

There were many activities throughout the Rangeley Oktoberfest weekend, including the Maine Forestry Museum’s 22nd annual Apple Festival.


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