1st Brewfest in Dunsmuir 'came off without a hitch'

Richard DuPertuis
Hundreds of attendees visited beer-makers' booths to sample the best of their works during the 21st annual State of Jefferson Brewfest and Chili Cook-off Saturday. Organizers estimate between 300 and 400 brew enthusiasts sipped suds, tasted the chili of five contestants, and enjoyed live music all day on the ball field. Photo by Richard DuPertuis

Hundreds showed up for a party in Dunsmuir City Park Saturday. People gathered on the ball field for seven hours to sample beer and chili, chat, and dance to live music.

“It ended too soon,” resident Cindy Foreman said the next day of the 8 p.m. cutoff for the 21st annual State of Jefferson Brewfest and Chili Cook-off. “We were all dancing in the field and the music just stopped.”

Beginning at 1 p.m., three local bands played live music: Soda Creek, Doublechief, and Slap Shoe Fly.

A joint fundraiser for the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce and Dunsmuir Rotary Club, the event was held in Dunsmuir for the first time.

For years, it was put on by Mount Shasta Rotary at the Ski Park.

After nearly 100 votes were counted, Dunsmuir’s Volunteer Fire Department took the chili cook-off first place prize of $100. One of the runners-up was a booth run by Dr. Michael Staszel and his wife Kat.

Organizers for the Brewfest and Chili Cook-off said the attendance numbers were difficult to estimate. “People came and went all day,” said past Chamber board president and Dunsmuir Brewery Works owner David Clarno Sunday. He guessed between 300 and 400 people.

Two hours into the event, Chamber Executive Director Nancy Neubauer said she had culled $4,000 from the till. Clarno said that amount more than covered expenses for the event. He said it’ll be a while before the total amount raised will be known.

Clarno calls the Brewfest an unqualified success. “It came off without a hitch,” he said. “People came to Dunsmuir – lots of out-of-towners – and everyone had a good time.”

He said next year it will be even better.