Saline Main Street organizers of the 14th Annual Saline Oktoberfest have announced that local community leader Bruce Westlake will be honored as this year’s Festmaster.
Westlake will launch the German cultural event at the Tapping of the Golden Keg on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.
Bruce has a proven track record of being dedicated to the spirit of Saline’s German roots. Since 2005 he has been a member of the Saline-Lindenberg Board, which fosters Saline relationship with our German sister-city, Lindenberg. He’s participated in German-American Sister City exchanges since the first official visit from Lindenberg to Saline in 2003. Westlake has historically been an unfailing supporter of local causes, with the Saline-Lindenberg Friendship Committee (SLFC) among them. He and his wife, Linda TerHaar are essential contributors to our community by virtue of their commitment and involvement in a wide range of local organizations.
Bruce has always been a champion of the SLFC. He designed and built two booths for Saline’s inaugural Christkindlmarkt in 2004 to sell food and original German crafts imported from Lindenberg. He was a committee member for our early Oktoberfest dinners, formerly held at Tri-County Sportsmen’s Club prior to our move downtown.
Bruce and Linda have hosted German guests during every official visit to Saline, and have likewise traveled with the Saline group to Lindenberg on each and every visit. In fact, Lindenberg is always a favorite place of theirs whenever they go to Europe. Bruce is the face of the SLFC Bratwurst stand (known to organizers as “the Lindenberg chalet”) at Saline Summerfest, Oktoberfest and the Christkindlmarkts. He can always be counted on to be there during an event, too -- making runs for additional supplies whenever the need arises. Bruce never fails to take on tasks and pick up the reins when something needs to get done, even while maintaining his ever-present smile. He maintains the web page for the SLFC and the Saline-Brecon group.
He serves as President of the Michigan Electric Auto Association and takes an active role in his church. He’s played an important role to re-energize the Ann Arbor – Tuebingen Guild, an effort to rekindle their sister city relationship. And, Bruce and Linda fulfill key roles in the German American Partnership Program at Saline High School, planning activities and hosting teachers and students from Germany for biennial education and cultural exchange. For a complete schedule of Oktoberfest events, click here or visit our Facebook page!