The Oktoberfest Revived Committee presented $1,500 to the Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering on Monday, May 14, to assist with operations at the museum.
The donation was from the annual Oktoberfest Revived event in 2017. The cultural event includes an array of traditional German/Russia foods, music and dance.
“The committee works to preserve the heritage of our German from Russia traditions,” said Ken Meyer, chairperson of the Oktoberfest Revived Committee. “We feel the Legacy of the Plains helps keep our legacy alive, so we are donating to help them.”
Many of the Germans from Russia came to the Panhandle to work in the sugar beet fields, hired by Great Western Sugar.
“A lot of them would start as field laborers and work their way up from there,” said Amanda Gibbs, director of the Legacy of the Plains Museum. “Until they were eventually able to purchase their own land.”
The Germans from Russia, grew other crops, as well Gibbs said. The main one for helping to bring them to the Panhandle, though, was sugar beets.
The donation will be used for operational expenses, assist in preserving the area’s history and bringing in educational events for youth and adults at the museum.
The next Oktoberfest Revived will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds in Mitchell.