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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Announces Miss Oktoberfest 2019


(Waterloo Region, ON – October 4, 2019) – At a gala black tie event, Erin Wetzel was named Miss Oktoberfest 2019, making her the 51st Miss Oktoberfest since the festival’s inception. Erin was sponsored by RBJ Schlegel.

For the past 15 years, the search for the Ambassador for Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival has stretched from Waterloo Region to surrounding communities. This year’s search invited young women, to submit their applications for Miss Oktoberfest; a role that not only serves as an ambassador for the festival and region but offers a unique professional development opportunity for young women.

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Executive Director Alfred Lowrick says, “We are very pleased to announce Erin as Miss Oktoberfest 2019. We had nine talented and impressive young women in contention this year. Each year the search for Miss Oktoberfest identifies an outstanding young woman who can represent both our festival and the community at more than 200 appearances.”

“Each year we see many talented young women apply for the role. It was a pleasure to get to know these women over the past couple weeks. We are excited to see what Erin does in this ambassador role this year.” says Lowrick.

Erin was born and raised in Maryhill, a small village in the Township of Woolwich. After graduating from the Interior Design program at Conestoga College, she started her career in healthcare design working for Schlegel Villages. As the granddaughter of German immigrants, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has always been a family tradition. She enjoys dancing with the Schwaben Club Dancers, watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade and attending Family Days at the German Clubs. For the past three years she has volunteered her time with the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run committee.

As a proud Girl Guide leader, she loves to support young girls in the community and encourages them to experience the many unique opportunities in our region. She is inspired by those who teach the importance of friendship and giving service.

“I firmly believe that education creates awareness, which in turn leads to empowerment,” said Erin in her Miss Oktoberfest application. “I have a goal to empower this community by educating others on the causes that are integral to the Region.”

Erin’s goals as Miss Oktoberfest are to continue the role at an approachable and real level; to be a person to whom others can relate and to inspire others by living an inspired life. She wants to show women that they can make an impact, and how community devotion opens doors to opportunities, and that they can be strong, powerful and supportive people.

Miss Oktoberfest is a favourite among the hundreds of festgoers she comes in contact with during the festival, especially during the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. In fact, she is the second most requested VIP, surpassed only by the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest mascot Onkel Hans.
Miss Oktoberfest 2019 was crowned by Miss Oktoberfest 2018 Sandra Dynka, in front of a crowd of over 500 guests at the black-tie Miss Oktoberfest Gala, presented by Mercedes Benz K-W at the LOT 42 Global Flex Campus in Kitchener.
The 1st runner-up was Eve Smerchinski, sponsored by Morty’s Pub, and the 2nd runner-up was Stephanie Banks, sponsored by Schlegel – UW Research Institute for Aging.

The Miss Oktoberfest Gala is proudly presented by Mercedes-Benz Kitchener-Waterloo, and sponsored by Kurtis Jewellers, The Waterloo Region Record, Van Del Contracting, Fresh Look Designs, Kieswetter Excavating, Sherwood Systems, Brentwood Livery, Hattle Framing, IMPG, Heineken, Heather Townsend Photography, FourAll Ice Cream, Blitzen, Westmount Signs and Heritage Canada.

About Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest
Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival. The not-for-profit organization was founded in 1969 by a group of volunteers committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Kitchener and Waterloo, Canada. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest annually provides $22.2 million of economic benefit to the community, while not-for-profit organizations associated with the festival raise an additional $1.5 million each year for their cause. Hosted in the twin cities because of the strong German heritage, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest celebrates German food, music, culture, and more! The nine-day festival runs every October and is operated by eight year-round full-time staff, over 400 volunteers, and 1,300 community and service club volunteers. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is one of the top three most recognized event brands in Canada. For more information visit www.oktoberfest.ca.
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For additional information:

Alfred Lowrick
Executive Director – K-W Oktoberfest Inc.
519-570-4267 x222

Katie Owens
519-570-4267 x2388


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