If you love autumn, German food, pumpkin carving or dogs, you have a reason to attend Oktoberfest on October 11! The event will take place, rain or shine, on the Saint Paul Catholic School’s campus at 1755 West Harrison Boulevard in Valparaiso. The entire community is invited to attend, and proceeds benefit the school which has a diverse student body of more than 350 children spanning kindergarten through eighth grade.
Oktoberfest promises affordable fun for the entire family! Admission is free and for just $10 a child can enjoy unlimited fun in the Gnome Zone which will feature a petting zoo, bounce haus, 60-foot inflated obstacle course, giant slide, traditional festival games, cupcake walk and a German track for Hot Wheels cars made by students at Valparaiso University’s German House. In addition, there will be hayrides, a biergarten, a pumpkin carving contest, live music by Jay Fox and the Bavarian Showtime Band, a Lakeshore PAWS’ pet adoption event, face painting, German-inspired food from Valpo Vienna’s and Ben’s Pretzels, and arts and crafts vendors. Or course, there will also be yodeling for good measure!
During the first hour of the event, middle school students from the area will exhibit their skills by competing in a root beer stein relay race, pumpkin spitting contest and pumpkin pie eating contest.
The complete schedule of activities, pumpkin carver entry form, booth reservation form, sponsorship information and more are available at http://www.stpaulvalpo.org/oktoberfest.htm.