Oktoberfest, first responders recognition highlight Gilbert's Oct. 4-6 weekend

An Oktoberfest has come to town and a local school is honoring first responders at its football game as we arrive at the first weekend in October.

Oct. 4
Pay respect to first responders

American Leadership Academy Gilbert North will be honoring military and local first responders with a special pregame appreciation ceremony on the field before the start of their Oct. 4 game vs. Fountain Hills High School. Bagpipes will lead first responders and military members on the field for special recognition. Football players from ALA Gilbert North and Fountain Hills High School will also show appreciation to their country by entering the field all holding American flags. Gilbert Police Chief Michael Soelberg who will be the honorary coin flipper. Phoenix Police Department will use a helicopter to spotlight appreciation tribute on field. Others in attendance come from Gilbert Fire and Rescue; PHI Air Medical; Marine and Army recruitment offices.

6:45 p.m. 1070 S. Higley Road, Gilbert. www.charter.one

Oct. 5
Oktoberfest event comes to town for first time

HDE Agency, a special events producer, will bring the town its inaugural Oktoberfest celebration this year. The event will feature traditional Oktoberfest foods. Festivities will include polka music, brat-eating contests, stein-holding competitions, and wiener-dog races.

2-10 p.m. $10. Gilbert Civic Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert. www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-town-of- gilbert-oktoberfest-tickets-65222278591

Oct. 5-6
Gilbert Water Tower lighting
The Gilbert Water Tower will be lit green at night for World Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.

Free. Water Tower Plaza. 45 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/parks-facility-and-sport-field-rentals/parks-infomation/parks/water-tower-park

By Tom Blodgett

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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