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FSS brings German flavor to annual expo

The Hot Schnapps, a Colorado Springs-based German folk band, perform during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s annual Expo and Information Fair at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The group was brought in to help contribute to the event’s Oktoberfest theme. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

The Hot Schnapps, a Colorado Springs-based German folk band, perform during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s annual Expo and Information Fair at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The group was brought in to help contribute to the event’s Oktoberfest theme. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Team Schriever members interact with vendors during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s annual Expo and Information Fair at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The event allows attendees to get information about all the 50 FSS services and base agencies in one, convenient location. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Team Schriever members interact with vendors during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s annual Expo and Information Fair at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The event allows attendees to get information about all the 50 FSS services and base agencies in one, convenient location. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Tech. Sgt. Otto Yan, 19th Space Operations Squadron, hits a golf ball in the simulator during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s annual Expo and Information Fair at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The simulator allows users to work on their swing through using a driving range, practice course or skills challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Tech. Sgt. Otto Yan, 19th Space Operations Squadron, hits a golf ball in the simulator during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s annual Expo and Information Fair at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The simulator allows users to work on their swing through using a driving range, practice course or skills challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

An apple fritter is served next to a brat with sauerkraut during the annual 50th Force Support Squadron’s Expo and Information Fair at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The German fare played into the event’s Oktoberfest theme. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

An apple fritter is served next to a brat with sauerkraut during the annual 50th Force Support Squadron’s Expo and Information Fair at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The German fare played into the event’s Oktoberfest theme. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Capt. Scott Balcao, 50th Operations Support Squadron, fires a pistol in the simulator during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s annual Expo and Information Fair at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The simulator allows users to practice marksmanship using a pistol, shotgun or rifle, and also features a golf trainer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Capt. Scott Balcao, 50th Operations Support Squadron, fires a pistol in the simulator during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s annual Expo and Information Fair at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The simulator allows users to practice marksmanship using a pistol, shotgun or rifle, and also features a golf trainer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

More than 35 vendors, 50th Force Support Squadron services, sponsors and base agencies provided information, demonstrations and a few goodies to Team Schriever members during the annual 50 FSS Expo and Information Fair at the indoor running track here Wednesday.

“It’s nice to get our faces out for the customers we support,” said 1st Lt. Julie Bright, 50 FSS. “There are a lot of services people might not know about and this event gives them a chance to see everything we have to offer.”

Approximately 400 Team Schriever members attended the event, substantially more than the event typically draws.

“We almost doubled our prior attendance for the expo,” said Bright. “Including the entertainment seemed to help draw a crowd.”

50 FSS had originally scheduled an Oktoberfest for early October, but decided it would be more effective and efficient to combine the two.

“There were so many events scheduled this month we decided to combine ours,” Bright said. “It helped save time and made it more exciting for attendees.”

The combined event had an Oktoberfest theme and sported German fare (brats, kraut and apple fritters of course), and entertainment.

Colorado Springs music group, The Hot Schnapps, played two sets while The Chalet Dancers performed traditional German folk dances.

“We’ve performed throughout Europe and the United States,” said Tina Liedle, The Chalet Dancers director. “We have performed for many school programs and specialize in European folk dances.”

Many attendees were drawn to a corner of the indoor running track where a new fitness center quality of life initiative was making its debut. A golf and shooting simulator has been installed and is now ready for use by the base.

“The golf has practice ranges, courses you can play and challenges,” said Seth Cannello, Fitness Center director. “The shooting has hunting games and target areas for pistol, shotgun and rifle shooting.”

The simulator can track high scores and create a base leaderboard giving the best shooters/golfers a chance to earn bragging rights. Additionally, the WiFi connection allows users to see what players in other areas scored as well.

Cannello said because the simulator cannot be used when the temperature is less than 30 degrees, it won’t be part of the fitness center’s 24-hour access offerings. It will be available during regular fitness center hours, temperature permitting.

“Members can come to the fitness center to check out equipment and get a tutorial on how to use it,” Cannello said.

Canello added members may use their own clubs for the golf simulations; however, the fitness center will have some available to check out.

Base golfers will be able to utilize the simulator’s features to help correct deficiencies in their swing as the screen displays a plethora of information about the user’s swing. Additionally, squadrons looking to add a bit of marksmanship to their physical training can take advantage of the service as well.

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