Oktoberfest Funds Benefit Soldier’s Families And Supporters

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Oktoberfest at the Redstone Arsenal is more than games, rides, and cold drinks. It helps support those men and women who are fighting for our country.

Oktoberfest has been bursting with rides and flowing with cold drinks for almost two decades at the Redstone Arsenal.

Mark Germonprez works with Morale, Welfare and Recreation. He says in those years, the festival that draws thousands has helped support a group of people who spend their lives doing just that. "Everything that we do goes back to support families, the families of soldiers and the people who support the families of soldiers," Germonprez says.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation is the group that is in charge of putting on the festival and others like it each year. Germonprez says the programs that get supported range from youth and family services to a recreational gym.

He says that means Oktoberfest will affect more than 30,000 people. He says by helping support them, it's benefiting the men and women who are giving their lives to serving our country. "If we have a soldier we want to make sure he knows his family is being taken care of, and the people supporting him are being taken care of. That way when he's doing what he needs to do to support our country he can do it a lot better not having to worry about that," he says.

Germonprez says Oktoberfest brings in a substantial amount of funding each year.

The festival is open Saturday until 1:00 a.m. and again on Sunday. Admission is $15 for Saturday and $12 on Sunday.