With beautiful weekend weather, St. John’s Church in Milford, DE held their 28th 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 hundreds of familes, according to Amanda Fulton, Administrative Assistant at St. John the Apostle Church. “The weather turned out much better than we expected and we were steady all weekend,” said Fulton. “Everyone seemed to be having a great time and the bands were really excited to see the crowds.”
This year Oktoberfest held their relatively new 5K run/walk again. Seen as a success for the second year in a row, organizers plan to include the 5K as part of the Oktoberfest’s tradition for the foreseeable future. Runner Mindy Berry commented, “The run was great. The weather was perfect and the course was flat and easy to follow,” she said. “It felt very welcoming for all levels of runners. There were a few people there that I see pretty often at local 5k races and I think some of the Milford cross country team was there too, but there were also runners and walkers there who weren’t there for the competitiveness.”
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 was packed with Milford families eating, drinking and sharing conversations.
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.
“I loved seeing the groups of friends hanging out together and catching up with each other,” said Fulton.
Money raised by the church during Oktoberfest will be partly used to upgrade St. John’s heating system as well as update St. John’s and St. Bernadette’s safety and security for both churches. Community members wanting to donate to the parish can visit St. John’s at 506 Seabury Ave in Milford.
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