JoAnn Kujak is this Year’s Best Apple Pie Baker at the 2017 Black River Area Oktoberfest

Interfaith held its annual Sweet Charity Bake Sale during the Oktoberfest at the Jackson County Fair Park.

This year, Interfaith included an apple pie baking contest. They had four entries and while it was a close race, judges selected JoAnn Kujak as the Best Apple Pie Baker in Jackson County for the 2017 Oktoberfest. Judges were County Board Chair Ray Ransom, and Stephanie Cowles and Jaida Decorah from Miss Black River Falls. At the end of the day a live auction was held for the winning pies, minus one slice. Winning bidders were Eric Skogstad, Marie Williams, and Joan Onstad. A Pick Your Prize Raffle was held featuring a beautiful fire pit donated by D&S Manufacturing, won by Jackie Ramgren, and a $100 Visa card, donated by Co-op Credit Union, won by Jan Eckles. Baked goods, including 24 loaves of the famous Bob Perry bread, filled the tables in the morning but by afternoon they were all gone. Interfaith’ s Sweet Charity Bake Sale is one of their largest fundraisers, helping them raise much needed funds to provide assistance to the elderly and disabled in Jackson County. Oktoberfest was moved to the Jackson County Fair Park to accommodate more people and to allow for better parking. “It was great to have everything under one roof and having a weatherproof spot inside the animal arena was a bonus,” says Amanda Gunn from the Black River Area Chamber. “The festival was a huge success and we've been hearing great feedback from attendees, volunteers, vendors and entertainers.” This event is hosted each year by Sand Creek Brewery and included presentations from the Medieval Knights. Mark your calendars for October 6th, 2018 for the 12th Annual Black River Area Oktoberfest, which will include another apple pie baking contest!

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