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  Boardman Rotary Oktoberfestival  
  Sun., Sept. 30 from 9am to 5pm:   September 13, 2012 Edition  
     The 36th annual Boardman Rotary Oktoberfestival is scheduled for Sun., Sept. 30 in Boardman Park. Gates will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. and admission is only $3/person. The event annually draws crafters from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
      There will be plenty of free parking available for patrons on the west side of the park that is accessible through the Southern Blvd. entrance. Limited off-site parking will also be available with a shuttle service from the Heart Center parking lot, located just south of the park.
      This year Oktoberfestival will cling to its roots and again present a one day arts, crafts and entertainment event. Upwards of more thaqn 100 vendors are anticipated.
      The Oktoberfestival is the largest single raiser of the Rotary Club of Boardman which uses the proceeds to support programs and causes throughout the local area. Other club programs and projects take on an international connection when the Rotary partners with other groups around the globe.
      The Oktoberfestival started in 1976 as a community day to promote Boardman Township and the residents of the township together in a spirit of fellowship.
      The Oktoberfestival has grown into the area’s largest one-day arts and crafts event, Visitors to this annual fall celebration now come from neighboring states and often arrive by the bus load.
      In addition to the vendors, the event features a variety of ‘fair food,’ politicians touting their promises, and kid’s entertainment, all laid out along a midway through the park.
      Boardman Rotarians chairing this year’s Okterberfestival are Shannon Tirone and Shelly LaBerto.
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