St. John’s 30th Annual German Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest returns for the 30th year

OKTOBERFEST IS BACK!  This year St. John the Apostle Church in Milford will celebrate its 30th Annual German Oktoberfest on Friday, October 6 from 6:00-10:00 pm and Saturday, October 7 from 12:00-10:00 pm.  The event will be on the grounds of St. John’s Church located at 506 Seabury Avenue, Milford, DE.  There is no entrance fee and plenty of free live entertainment.

In true Oktoberfest tradition, the festivities kick-off on Friday evening with The Funsters playing from 6-10pm.  Also featured that night will be the 4th Annual Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk.  The race begins at 6pm and day-of registration at 5pm.  Both races begin on School Place in front of the Church.  Registration is $25 until October 1, $28 race week and $30 on race day.  Sign up at

After running the 5K and dancing to the wonderful sounds of The Funsters, you will be hungry. The ever-popular Oktoberfest international food court will be serving up their traditional German entrees, along with Italian, Spanish, Polish, Irish, good old hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, Italian ice, funnel cake and homemade baked desserts.  Plus, for the adults, don’t miss the very popular beer booth!  There is something for everyone’s taste.

And of course, for the kids, there will be games galore ranging from the inflatables such as the obstacle course and little fire engine.  We will also have the climbing wall back.  For the children there will be face painting, pumpkin painting and a petting zoo, hay rides, little train rides and the big fire truck rides.

Oktoberfest will feature inflatables for the children

Dave Betz and his German orchestra will entertain us on Saturday afternoon along with the Enzian (German) dancers and the McAleer School of Irish Dancing.  Following that exciting line-up at 4:00 pm we will have Sean O’Reilly, singing in Sinatra style!  To end the day from 6:00-10:00 pm will be one of our favorite bands, The Glass Onion!

This Annual Oktoberfest is St. John’s and St. Bernadette’s (St. John’s mission church in Harrington) largest fundraiser of the year.  There will be door prizes throughout the event and a raffle on Saturday evening.  First prize – $1,000, 2nd prize – $500 and four prizes of $100 each.

We guarantee you an entertaining weekend and you will definitely not go away hungry.  Please mark your calendar now for the 30th Annual German Oktoberfest.  For more information call Bonnie De Mar at 302-236-5296.  Everything is cash and best of all there is no admission fee!

About St. John the Apostle/ St. Bernadette Parish: ( St. John the Apostle/ St. Bernadette is a multi-ethnic Parish that has been providing for the spiritual needs of Catholics since 1910.  Today we minister to over 1400 families and provide outreach to those in need in the greater Milford/Harrington area.

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