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Frazee to host Oktoberfest on Oct. 5

Frazee's Oktoberfest is Oct. 5 and will feature plenty of German food and dancing. Sponsored by the Frazee Area community Club, the 18th annual Oktoberfest celebration, which goes from noon to 8 p.m., is in the Frazee Event Center. Doors open at ...

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The Jolly Huntsmen Band consists of Myron Muelbauer, from left, Jerry Kahle, Tom Retka, Nate Earp and Dan Retka. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Frazee’s Oktoberfest is Oct. 5 and will feature plenty of German food and dancing. Sponsored by the Frazee Area community Club, the 18th annual Oktoberfest celebration, which goes from noon to 8 p.m., is in the Frazee Event Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. The Leon Olsen Band and the Jolly Huntsmen Band are scheduled to provide eight hours of dancing at the event. Co-chairs of the event are Betty Boardman, Dennis and Mary Kurth and Norb and Carol Litzau, all of Frazee, who will be dressed in authentic German attire. Food at the event will include German potato salad, brats, sauerkraut, cabbage rolls, creamy potato soup and hearty potato sauerkraut soup, turkey steak dinner and pulled turkey sandwiches. For dessert, there will be kuchen. Snacks are also available. There will also be a cash bar available with ale and spirits.
The Leon Olsen Band and the Jolly Huntsmen Band will provide live music. The two bands will switch every hour throughout the event, with the VFW Color Guard conducting a flag ceremony in a “Salute to Veterans” at 1:45 p.m. The Leon Olsen Band, New Ulm, began in 1964, and consists of Leon Olsen on the concertina, guitar and lead vocals, Loretta Gerasch on keyboards, harmony and vocals, Paul Gerasch on bass guitar and Tom Guldon on the drums. The four band members play a variety of waltzes, polkas and two steps. They have been awarded “Minnesota Band of the Year” in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010, and in 2012, Leon was inducted into the World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame in New Prague. The Leon Olsen Band has played throughout Minnesota and many areas of the United States. Music has always been a big part of Leon’s life. At 11 years old, he started playing in his father’s band. He recorded music for 36 years and has recorded 18 CDs, taught more than 100 students to play the concertina and 10 of those students have gone on to perform in their own bands. The Jolly Huntsmen Band was founded by L.M. Retka, and is now led by his accordionist son Tom, featuring multi-instrumental talents brothers Dan and David. The Jolly Huntsmen Band produces some of the most authentic traditional polka music around.  As the Jolly Huntsmen, Tom Retka and his brothers have been playing for 53 years. Established in 1961 in the Twin Cities, with a core nucleus from the Retka family, the Jolly Huntsmen Band has entertained folks in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. They have been featured performers at Minnesota Viennese Sommerfest for 22 years and made appearances at the Minnesota State Fair in 1998, 1999 and 2001. Outfitted in traditional German lederhosen, the Jolly Huntsmen capture the music, rollicking spirit and feeling of the old world. Many arrangements are written by Tom. The Jolly Huntsmen provide their music for concerts, private parties, company events and perform at a number of Oktoberfest celebrations each year. The Jolly Huntsmen perform the traditional music of alpine Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They perform songs and tunes done in the style of the more famous Minnesota polka bands from 1920-70.Frazee’s Oktoberfest is Oct. 5 and will feature plenty of German food and dancing.Sponsored by the Frazee Area community Club, the 18th annual Oktoberfest celebration, which goes from noon to 8 p.m., is in the Frazee Event Center. Doors open at 11 a.m.The Leon Olsen Band and the Jolly Huntsmen Band are scheduled to provide eight hours of dancing at the event.Co-chairs of the event are Betty Boardman, Dennis and Mary Kurth and Norb and Carol Litzau, all of Frazee, who will be dressed in authentic German attire.Food at the event will include German potato salad, brats, sauerkraut, cabbage rolls, creamy potato soup and hearty potato sauerkraut soup, turkey steak dinner and pulled turkey sandwiches. For dessert, there will be kuchen. Snacks are also available.There will also be a cash bar available with ale and spirits.
The Leon Olsen Band and the Jolly Huntsmen Band will provide live music. The two bands will switch every hour throughout the event, with the VFW Color Guard conducting a flag ceremony in a “Salute to Veterans” at 1:45 p.m.The Leon Olsen Band, New Ulm, began in 1964, and consists of Leon Olsen on the concertina, guitar and lead vocals, Loretta Gerasch on keyboards, harmony and vocals, Paul Gerasch on bass guitar and Tom Guldon on the drums.The four band members play a variety of waltzes, polkas and two steps. They have been awarded “Minnesota Band of the Year” in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010, and in 2012, Leon was inducted into the World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame in New Prague.The Leon Olsen Band has played throughout Minnesota and many areas of the United States.Music has always been a big part of Leon’s life. At 11 years old, he started playing in his father’s band. He recorded music for 36 years and has recorded 18 CDs, taught more than 100 students to play the concertina and 10 of those students have gone on to perform in their own bands.The Jolly Huntsmen Band was founded by L.M. Retka, and is now led by his accordionist son Tom, featuring multi-instrumental talents brothers Dan and David. The Jolly Huntsmen Band produces some of the most authentic traditional polka music around. As the Jolly Huntsmen, Tom Retka and his brothers have been playing for 53 years.Established in 1961 in the Twin Cities, with a core nucleus from the Retka family, the Jolly Huntsmen Band has entertained folks in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. They have been featured performers at Minnesota Viennese Sommerfest for 22 years and made appearances at the Minnesota State Fair in 1998, 1999 and 2001.Outfitted in traditional German lederhosen, the Jolly Huntsmen capture the music, rollicking spirit and feeling of the old world. Many arrangements are written by Tom.The Jolly Huntsmen provide their music for concerts, private parties, company events and perform at a number of Oktoberfest celebrations each year.The Jolly Huntsmen perform the traditional music of alpine Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They perform songs and tunes done in the style of the more famous Minnesota polka bands from 1920-70.

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