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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Announces the 2016 Parade Grand Marshals


(Waterloo Region, ON – October 5, 2016) Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is pleased to announce the Parade Grand Marshals for the 2016 Thanksgiving Day Parade!

This year’s Parade Grand Marshals are STEPH LECLAIR and KRISTEN MCKENZIE, from AMAZING RACE CANADA!

Season 4 winners of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, Steph Leclair and Kristen McKenzie are former varsity softball athletes who have played for Team Canada and Team Quebec, so it goes without saying that they’re tough, focused on winning, and work well as a team. The couple met years ago at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club as Steph skated with Kristen’s older sister, but it wasn’t until they were done university that the sparks began to fly. With Kristen on a softball scholarship in Pittsburgh and Steph in Detroit, they were forced into a long distance relationship for a year and a half. It didn’t take long, however, for Kristen to persuade Steph to move to Toronto after law school graduation.

Competitive by nature the couple used their smarts and athleticism in the race, knowing how important teamwork was going to be. In order to be successful, they focused on supporting each other throughout, with a goal of making every leg count and to take in the entire experience. They showed dominance in the race, but made sure to appreciate it all while having fun.

Steph and Kristen proved that two women can win THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. They plan on traveling for the year with their winnings and experience as much of the world as they can.

Steph and Kristen will appear in the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade on Monday, October 10th at 8:45am.

About Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a not-for-profit Bavarian festival founded in 1969 by a group of volunteers committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada twin cities with German heritage. Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival celebrates German heritage, food, music and festivities and is supported by more than 50 not-for-profit organizations. The festival is operated by eight year-round full-time staff, over 480 volunteers and 1,300 community and service club volunteers that stage the nine-day festival each October promoting a unique German cultural experience. As well as the economic boost the festival gives the local economy during the international festival, over $1.5 million is raised each year by the not-for-profit organizations associated with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, one of the top three most recognized event brands in Canada.

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For additional information:
Dave MacNeil
Executive Director, K-W Oktoberfest Inc.
519-570-4267 ext. 222


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