Record Numbers Attend Oktoberfest

With beautiful weekend weather, St. John’s held their 27th Oktoberfest Friday night and throughout Saturday. The festivities kicked off on Friday evening with a 5K, live music from local favorites The Funsters and the famous international food court. The event continued into Saturday, as families had the opportunity to see traditional German dances, enjoy kid activities and an evening of listening to local musicians from Glass Onion.

This year the event saw a record number of attendees on both days, according to Amanda Fulton, Administrative Assistant at St. John the Apostle Church. “We want to thank the community for coming out and supporting us by the hundreds,” said Fulton. “Overall I am excited about how it turned out and how everyone came together to make it happen. It was better than I could have ever imagined.”

This year Oktoberfest introduced a 5K run/walk to the tradition as over 100 runners joined the fun. “It was an awesome run, especially for a first-time event,” said 5K runner Gwen Guerke. “I liked everything: the course, the atmosphere, the volunteers, the diversity. It was fun.” Guerke also said she liked the food at Oktoberfest and the sense of community the event creates. Fulton shared that the church plans to include the 5K during next year’s Oktoberfest.

After the race was completed, The Funsters added a familiar and exciting feeling to the evening’s activities. The popular Oktoberfest international food court featured traditional German entrees, along with Italian, Hispanic, Polish, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, Polish ice and homemade baked desserts. The dance floor was full and the church property with packed with Milford families eating, drinking and sharing conversations.

 

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Patti Persia and her family volunteered and enjoyed the event over the weekend. “I love the event. It is such a fun time for families,” said Persia. “It always makes me feel so happy to be a part of the church. I love the music and the food.”

On Saturday additional family games and activities included a tractor pull, bounce houses, face painting, petting zoo and helicopter rides. Traditional German dances were featured under the big tent including the German Enzian Dancers, the McAleer School of Irish Dancing and Die Immergrun Musikanten. The Glass Onion band carried the entertainment into the night as the food and libations continued.

Judith Purcell said her family has been involved with the event since the beginning, 27 years ago. “This Oktoberfest has come a long way since the beginnings of the Thomas family and friends,” said Purcell. “It is now a community event and it is good to see young and old come together for fun while supporting the parish.”

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