2017 Oktoberfest Button Winning Design Unveiled

Oktoberfest President Vern Wente, Minster Mayor Dennis Kitzmiller and Button Haus Chairman Leon Mertz display the 2017 Oktoberfest button. (Photo by Bob Blindauer)
Staff Writer

Some years ago, the rules for the button design contest were changed to include non-Minster residents. This presented an opportunity for former residents, extended family and even college friends to showcase their talent.

This year’s button design winner again rep-resents this.The Oktoberfest committee is pleased to announce that this year’s button design winner is Gail (Riethman) Pavelschak. Gail is the daughter of Harry and Diane Riethman of Minster.

She is a graduate of Minster High School, class of 1992, and attended the Ohio State University.Gail has lived in three different states over the past 15 years, before returning back to Ohio. Currently she lives in Columbus where is she employed as a Finance Manager, for Ernst & Young LLP.Gail is focused on her career and raising her three boys.

In her spare time, she likes to create photo cards and photobooks.Gail is looking forward to being back in her home town for Oktoberfest.

Pre-sale of Oktoberfest hat pins and buttons begins on September 1 at the following locations: Jenni’s Hallmark, Stallo Library and Donauer’s Barber Shop. Oktoberfest Buttons only: Buds Pizza and Dutch Mill.The Button Haus Committee thanks everyone who submitted a button design for this year’s Oktoberfest and also thanks Carol Detwiler and Laura Roetgerman for designing the hat pin and chicken pin.A limited number of lapel pins will once again be sold during the Oktoberfest.