Food, beer, music planned for Arnold Engine Co. No. 2’s 1st ‘Octoberfest’


One of Arnold’s two volunteer fire departments is going to try something new for a fundraiser.

Arnold Engine Co. No. 2 will hold its first “Octoberfest” on October 15th in its social hall.

“Now that we’re licensed to host in-person fundraisers, we’re going to try to have an Octoberfest this year,” said Tara Boda, a 22-year-old Arnold firefighter who now lives in Washington Township.

The event will feature German food, breweries, music and raffles. Entrance will be free.

The food will include kielbasa sandwiches, pretzels and cheese, a German potato salad and German meatballs, Boda said.

Three breweries have been confirmed – Acclamation Brewery from Verona, Sneaky fox from Pittsburgh and Butler Brew Works of Butler – with two more possibilities.

Activities for the kids will include a pretzel necklaces making station and a photo booth with props, Boda said.

The event was the idea of ​​chef Keith Dziobak. Its department has about 25 active members.

“With everything that has happened, we haven’t organized all of our fundraising events like we normally do,” he said. “We saw different organizations all over the valley trying different things.

“We will try and see what happens,” he said. “I hope we have good weather, that people can go out and that it won’t be so cold. They can enjoy German cuisine, craft beer and gambling.

The department could get its wish on the weather going, as the National Weather Service predicts warmer-than-usual weather is expected to continue through most of October.

The profits will be used to purchase new equipment for the firefighters, Dziobak said. Boda said they didn’t have a fundraising goal in mind.

“We organized this in less than a month,” she said. “If this one seems to draw a crowd, we were talking about having a Mardi Gras in February for something different, to try and get away from all the regular fundraisers and bingos and things.”

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