St. John’s Oktoberfest in Milford, DE is just around the corner. It will begin on Friday, September 28 at 6pm and continue on Saturday, September 29 at 11:30am at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church located on the corner of Seabury Avenue and School Place in Milford.
“Oktoberfest is traditionally a German Festival celebrating the ‘bringing in of October’ and while we do feature German décor, food, beer, and music, I think our Oktoberfest is unique because we also celebrate the many other cultures that make up our community,” said Amanda Fulton, Administrator at St. John’s. “What I enjoy the most about Oktoberfest is that it’s more than just a Parish Fundraiser, it’s a Community Event. Seeing our friends and neighbors, as well as visitors from as far as Maryland and Pennsylvania, gather and enjoy the festivities is part of what makes us strive to bring back this tradition year to year. “
In true Oktoberfest tradition, the festivities will kick off on Friday evening with The Funsters playing all evening. Also featured that night will be the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk. The race begins at 6pm, with a Healthy Kids Run, kids 10 and under, starting at 5:55pm, and day-of registration at 5pm. Both races begin on School Place, in front of the Church. Registration is $20 until September 15 and $25 after and on event day. For adult participants, free beer will be available at the end of the race. Runners can sign up at http://www.trisportsevents.com/index.cfm?ref=50200&ref2=131.
The ever-popular Oktoberfest international food court will be serving up their traditional German entrees, along with Italian, Spanish and Polish dishes, good old hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, Polish ice and homemade baked desserts.
On Saturday, the festivities will begin at 11:30am with arts and crafts booths, helicopter and fire truck rides, a dessert booth with over 100 items, and entertainment to carry you through the entire day.
“I hope that when people attend the Oktoberfest they feel how welcoming our Church community is,” said Fulton. “We are made up of many cultures and backgrounds and invite anyone interested to attend Mass and meet our Pastor and parishioners.”
Yard games, cornhole, jumbo jenga and ladder ball, can be played Friday and Saturday by ages 16 and up, while tickets and wrist bands are available for purchase so the children can enjoy multiple inflatables. On Saturday until 4pm, children can also enjoy games, face painting and visit a petting zoo. All kids and adult games are free of charge. Saturday’s entertainment lineup includes German Enzian Dancers, the McAleer School of Irish Dancing, Joe Kroboth – from 12-4pm, and the Glass Onion Band from 6-10pm.
This Annual Oktoberfest is St. John’s and St. Bernadette’s largest fundraiser of the year and volunteers are always needed. To sign up to volunteer, visit signup.com/go/ZgAGdgR. New this year, shuttle service will be provided from satellite parking areas. Park and ride is available from three locations: the old Middle School sports field parking, the front bus parking area, or in the Dollar Tree parking lot of Redner’s Shopping Center.
There is no entrance fee and a $1,000 cash prize raffle on Saturday. For more information, families are encouraged to call the Parish Office at 422-5123. Questions about the 5K can be directed to Lance Skinner at email@example.com.
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