St. John’s German Oktoberfest will open on Friday, October 3 at 6 pm and continue on Saturday, October 4 at 10am at St. John’s Church, located on the corner of Seabury Avenue and School Place in Milford. The festivities will kick off on Friday evening with live music from local favorites The Funsters and celebrate European cultures through live entertainment, food and fun.
The original Oktoberfest in Germany started in 1810 to celebrate a royal weeding in Munich, Germany and has continued as an annual tradition around the world. The Oktoberfest celebrations 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.
“It is a family-friendly event and there is always something for everyone who attends,” commented Bonnie De Mar, organizer of this year’s Oktoberfest. “The food that we serve has expanded to include international cuisine from around the world and our entertainment continues to grow.”
The international food court this year will be serving traditional German entrees, along with Italian, Hispanic, Polish, and Filipino dishes. Homemade crab cakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, Italian ice, pretzels, and homemade baked desserts will also be on the menu. A favorite among attendees is the homemade ice cream which will be available again this year.
On Saturday the festivities include arts and crafts, a white elephant gift exchange, helicopter rides, over 100 homemade desserts, and entertainment throughout the day. Kids will be able to enjoy inflatable games including a slide, moon walk, and obstacle course. A petting zoo and pony rides will be open for children to enjoy as well. The Milford Community Band will entertain guests on Saturday morning followed by the internationally renowned, Joe Kroboth German Orchestra from 12 to 4pm. During this time the Enzian German Dancers and the McAleer School of Irish Dancing will perform. In addition this year St. John’s Church will have their own Spanish Band, Fuuego Santo (Holy Fire), along with a Spanish Dance Group. On Saturday evening to wrap up the weekend festivities at 6pm center stage will be taken by OH BOY!, a Buddy Holly Tribute band.
“I love the Oktoberfest festival,” commented Bonnie De Mar. “It is a chance to see neighbors that you only see this one time a year and it is fun to be able to listen and dance to the music during the event.”
St. John the Apostle’s Church welcomes all to enjoy the food, music and fun of the 22nd Annual German Oktoberfest Weekend beginning on Friday, October 4 through Saturday, October 5. St. John’s Church is located on 506 Seabury Avenue and there is no admission fee. For more information call Bonnie De Mar 422-5123, ext. 13.