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Fort Benning hosts Oktoberfest

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FORT BENNING, Ga. -

Fort Benning will host a number of events for this year's Oktoberfest.

The festival at Uchee Creek will feature a keg tossing competition, a Dachshund Derby and stein hoisting contests.

It starts Friday, Oct 25, at 4 p.m. The day includes fun for the kids, with inflatables and a petting zoo, and a ceremonial keg tapping, performances by the Sonnenschein Express and the Gootman Band, stein hoisting contests and more.

Saturday starts with the annual Oktoberfest 10K Cross Country Run and 5K Volksmarch. These events start at 8 a.m. at Uchee Creek. The Volksmarch is free and stroller friendly. Register for $25 Sept 13-Oct 22 at Smith Fitness Center or www.active.com. After Oct 22, the fee will increase to $35. The first 50 to register will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, email spencer.j.folds.naf@mail.mil.

Saturday events also include canine competitions (the Dachshund Derby, Best Dressed, Doggie Doppelgangers and Top Dog trick); hay rides, pony rides, petty zoo, inflatables, crafts, boat rides and pumpkin patch for the kids; a keg tossing competition, dancing and more music by the Sonnenschein Express, Gootman band and the MCoE Band.

Sunday activities include a chili cook-off, performances by the SKIES Dance Team and more children's activities.

Safety Cab will offer free rides home on Fort Benning and in Columbus, Phenix City and Fort Mitchell. For a ride, call 706-326-3027. Shuttle service will be available to and from Oktoberfest on post.

Vendors accept only tokens for the purchase of food. Rides and games are free. Tokens, $1 each, are available before the event at MWR headquarters, Building 2783 on Eckel Avenue, or at token trailers on site. Unused tokens can be redeemed on site for full value.

Friday, October 25:

4-10 pm - Food and beverages

4-8 pm - Kid's activities

4-9 pm - Games and contests in the Biergarten

Fest Tent Activities

4:30 pm  - Sonnenschein Express

5:30pm - Gootman Band

6 pm - Keg tapping ceremony

6:30 pm - Sonnenschein Express

7:30 pm - Gootman Band

8 pm – Women's Stein Hoisting Competition (must be at least 21 years old to compete)

8:15 pm- Sonnenschein Express

9:15pm  -  Men's  Stein Hoisting Competition (must be at least 21 years old to compete)

9:30pm - Gootman Band

 

Saturday, October 26:

Events going on throughout the day

7-8:45am Registration for the 10k Cross Country Challenge

9am - Kia 10k Cross Country Challenge

9-noon - Volksmarch (5k -No Registration required)

10am-11pm - Food and beverages available all day

10pm-10pm - Children's activities, including inflatables, pony rides, hay rides, petting zoo, pumpkin patch

11am - Dog Costume Contest registration

noon - Dog Costume Contest (Best Dressed, Doppelgrager/Dog-Owner Look-a-Like, Top Dog Trick)

noon-5pm - Pontoon Boat Rides (last boat will depart at 5pm)

1pm - Dachshund Derby

2pm - Keg Tossing Contest

Fest Tent Activities
10:30am - Cross Country Challenge Awards Ceremony

noon - Gootman

1pm - Sonnenschein Express

2pm- Gootman

3pm- Sonnenschein Express

4pm- Gootman

5pm- Sonneschein Express

6pm – Women's Stein Hoisting Competition (must be 21 or older to compete)

6:15pm -  MCoE Brass Band

7pm – Men's Stein Hoisting Competition (must be 21 or older to compete)

7:15pm - Gootman

8pm- MCoE Brass Band

9pm – Sonnenschein Express

 

Sunday, October 27

10am-6pm - Food and beverages

10am - Chili Cook-off begins

10am-6pm - Children's activities, including inflatables, pony rides, hay rides, petting zoo, pumpkin patch

11am-5pm - Pontoon Boat Rides (last boat will depart at 5pm)

3pm - Chili Cook-off Judging Fest Tent Activities

2:30pm-4pm - SKIES Dance Force Performance

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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