St. John’s Church held their 21st Annual German Oktoberfest on Friday, October 7 and Saturday October 8. The event was a huge success as hundreds showed up to support the church. Patrons enjoyed live entertainment, international food, helicopter rides, a white elephant gift exchange and several games for young children.
The Oktoberfest celebration in Milford began in 1990 by a German man named Karl Thomas and wife Renate as a way to raise money for St. Johns Church. Revenue made from the first year went to put a new roof on the church.
Over the past 21 years local families have looked forward to the St. John’s Oktoberfest each year and have passed the experience down to their children. Jack Simon, a man who most know through his leadership at the Milford High School and the Lion’s Club, was present with his wife Bonnie, his daughter Kelly and son-in-law Mike, and his grandson Patrick. The picture of these three generations enjoying the food and entertainment of Oktoberfest together is a testament to its enduring success.
“My family and I have been coming to Oktoberfest since I was little,” commented Kelly Sharp. “As long as we are in town, we plan on attending. It is always good family fun and nice to support our local community.”
Also present was Brad Dennehy with his wife Yvette and their two sons Liam and Keegan who were having a fun time listening to the live entertainment. This festival is really a “quintessential small town family festival,” commented Brad.
As another successful Oktoberfest came to a close St. John’s looks forward to counting exactly how many locals came out to the annual event and thank all of the supporters that showed up to enjoy the festivities.