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Roll out the Barrel - Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is Here!

 

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest opened to fanfare, friends and flowing beer this morning, kicking off the 43rd edition of Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival!

The Official Opening Ceremonies and keg tapping took place at Kitchener’s Civic Square this morning as thousands of chicken-dancing spectators celebrated the return of the nine-day festival. Newly crowned Miss Oktoberfest 2011, Brittany Graul, joined in the festivities as did Onkel Hans, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest’s lovable goodwill ambassador, and his nephews, Ziggy and Zaggy, visiting from Bavaria. The Opening Ceremonies also included a performance by Grammy-Award winner Walter Ostanek, who led the crowd in a rousing chorus of traditional Oktoberfest songs.

Miss Oktoberfest and Festival President, Vic Degutis, tapped the ceremonial keg and opened the festivities. City Mayors Carl Zehr and Brenda Halloran joined in the Opening Ceremonies, as did representatives from local police and fire departments; as well as, K-W Oktoberfest Inc. organizers. As the keg was tapped the festival was declared open, beginning nine-days of festivities across the region.

The Region is preparing for more than 700,000 festival goers during this international event. German-Canadian Clubs – or festhallen – throughout the region are looking forward to offering the German music, food, and culture that is at the heart of this Bavarian festival.

New initiatives for 2011 include: a new festhallen bringing the Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit to the Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort for the first time since the 1970s; the new and improved Schools Program; the new 3,000 person tent at Bingemans, KOOL Haus; and our new German recipe beer, the Oktoberfest Lager. King Street will remain closed around Kitchener City Hall as festival participants enjoy lots of family events and great experiences, including Grillefest, a Midway and Carnival Games, and a Children’s Keg Tapping!

Traditional highlights and favourites are back this year, including: Oktoberfest Idol, Rocktoberfest10, the Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race, and the Oktoberfest Car Show; not to mention the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade on Monday, October 10.

Tickets are still available for these events and most festhallen and can be obtained online at www.oktoberfest.ca or by calling 519-570-4267 x233.

Video and Photo Opportunities:
•K-W Oktoberfest Inc. Retail Store, 17 Benton Street, Kitchener
•K-W Oktoberfest Inc. Parade Headquarters for Parade preparations, 265 Lexington Court, Waterloo (please call for details)
•Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest mascot Onkel Hans (advance notice required)
•Interviews with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest President Vic Degutis, Executive Director Mark Kreller, and Marketing Director Bill Creighton

 

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