Ein prosit! Raise your stein

Oktoberfest parade Clayton for websiteThe Annual CBCA Oktoberfest got off to a “doggone” good start Saturday when the keg, followed by The Internationals, back for their 15th year, made their way down Main Street to the main tent where a packed house was ready for an ­afternoon of beer, food and good cheer. (Photo by Tamara Steiner)

CBCA did it again. Hit it out of the park.

The final numbers aren’t in, but by all appearances, last weekend’s 15th Annual Oktoberfest drew the biggest crowd anyone can remember in the event’s history.

New this year was the Pepsi recycler stationed at the west end of Main Street and the much smaller, but locally owned Naked Tomato mobile pizza oven. The business is a non-profit with a most interesting business model. Look for more on Naked Tomato in a future Pioneer.

The Oktoberfest is one of three major fundraising events produced by the Clayton Business and Community Association each year. The others are the Art and Wine Festival in the spring and the BBQ Cookoff in the summer. Each event takes upwards of 150 volunteers to run from all corners of the community. All funds are returned to the community in the form of grants and scholarships.

For membership information, go to www.claytoncbca.org.

The Pioneer