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Julie Lee, Fargo, plays a polka tune to Oktoberfest visitors at the Prairie Village Museum on September 24.

Lively polka music filled the air at Rugby’s Prairie Village Museum for Oktoberfest on September 24.

Cars also filled the museum’s parking lot, as more than 200 visitors turned out for the event, which was jointly organized by German Heart of America Russia and the museum.

Prairie Village Museum director Shane Engeland said he was pleased with the number of people who enjoyed the festivities.

German-Russian favorites such as kuchen, bratwurst and knoephla soup, a North Dakota specialty, sold out quickly.

Henry’s 90-Wt. Barbecue and Ma’s Cook Car offered traditional American dishes for sale.

Other attractions included a beer garden in the museum lounge, ax throwing, a blacksmiths exhibit, and children’s games.

At the Heart of America Germans from Russia Cultural Center, Vicki Hoffart encouraged locals whose roots can be traced back to Russian Germans to provide information from their family trees to add to the center’s collection of genealogical records.