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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Hosts 6th Annual Hansie Awards


(Waterloo Region, ON – November 30, 2016) – The Festival may be over for another year, but the fun continued for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, as the winners of a number of Festival awards were announced at the 6th annual Holly Jolly Hansie Awards, at the Alpine Club in Kitchener. The format of the annual awards ceremony included a red carpet entrance, complete with paparazzi, and a Deck your Tracht prize for the most outstanding embellishment to original German Tracht with a Christmas Theme.

Ein Prosit Awards presented to bands that perform at the festhallen during the festival.

Large Band Category (5 Members or more)- Wildbahn
Small Band Category (4 Members or less)- Edelweiss Trio
People’s Choice (voted via on-line survey)- The Black Forest Band

Best In Festin’ Awards presented to the Festhallen who showed the best Bavarian themes.

Large Festhalle (+600)- Concordia Club
Small Festhalle (-600)- Elmira Kiwanis Haus

Fester’s Choice Awards as voted on by Festhallen visitors, were presented in the following categories:

Best Family Day- Hubertushaus
Tastiest Schnitzel- Transylvania Haus
Best Band Audience Participation- The Golden Keys
Best Customer Service- The Schwaben Club

Family & Cultural Events coordinated by the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest FCE Committee, were evaluated in the following categories:

Most Family Oriented- 35th Annual Oktoberfest Family Breakfast
Most Cultural/Oktoberfest Spirit- Victorian Thanksgiving at Woodside
Best Overall Event- Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race
Best New Event- K-W Armtoberfest

So You Think You Can Tanz Winner

The Concordia Enzian Schuhplattler Verein Dancers

Volunteer Awards

Unsung Hero Award- Kelvin Yee

Volunteers of the Year

Penny Swinston
Kerry-Lynn Wilkie
Christina Yee

Volunteer All Stars

Brian Whiffin - 5K Fun Run
Vanessa Buttinger - 5K Fun Run
Liz Degutis - A Blooming Affair
Lori South - Ceremonies
Sarah Milne - Ceremonies
Heather Dupuis - Conventions
Kevin Schmidt - Conventions
Nicky Schroeder - Culinary
Susan Perrin - Culinary
Janessa Good - FCE CP
Henning Grumme - Festival Entertainment
Jenn Krampien - Gemuetlichkeit
Stacy Bambrick- Gemuetlichkeit
Marty Stanfel - Golf Experience
Wendy Vaughan - Golf Experience
Marg Blundell - Hospitality
Joyce Hause - Hospitality
Mallory Manchur - Marketing
Nicole Hamilton - Marketing
Tim Zinger - Mascots
Alicia Panetta - Mascots
Melanie Mason - Mascots
Andrea Gschoesser - Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball
Cindy Coombes - Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball
Shannon Herrgott - Onkel Hans Food Drive
Jeremy Hergott - Parade
Krista Lefebvre - Parade
Frank Kesckemeti - Schools Program
John Barber - Tour de Hans
Reinhold Schuster - Tour de Hans
Darlene Stegner - Women of the Year
Toni Veiledal - Women of the Year

These groups and people truly reflect the hard working efforts of all volunteers affiliated with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.

Our 2017 Festival is just 309 days away from October 6th - October 14th, see you there!

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 $22.2M 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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