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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019 Selects Floats of Honour


(Waterloo Region, ON – October 14, 2019) - The 2019 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebrity Judges have revealed their top picks for the best floats in this year's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The floats that have been selected, by the judges, to receive honours this year are:

Festival Award (1st Place) – Red Riding Hood Float Sponsored by Jamieson Car & Truck Rental
Harvest Award (2nd Place) – KWO Keg Tapping Team
Sponsors' Award (3rd Place) – Moonshine Band Sponsored by UpTown Waterloo BIA
Twin Cities Award (Best Spirit/Enthusiasm) – CUPE
Hans & Frieda Award (Use of Animation) – War Amps of Canada
Miss Oktoberfest Award (Best Visual) – Onkel Hans Live Sponsored by Heffner Motors
Wunderbar Award (Community Involvement) – Pirate Ship Float Sponsored by Fear Farm

Piller’s Gemuetlichkeit Float Award (Most Gemuetlichkeit) – Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Maypole sponsored by Bauhaus Window Coverings & Draperies

The 2019 Judges for the parade were: Brian Banks, Interim Executive Director of Nutrition for Learning, Marta Czurylowicz, Content Creator and Presenter at The Weather Network, Shawn McKelvie, President of the Kitchener Rangers Board and Helene Schramek, Owner & Operator of Schramek Holdings and Past President of the German-Canadian Remembrance Society.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade, which featured numerous colourful floats, clowns and award-winning marching bands on a route travelling from Kitchener to Waterloo, was broadcast nationally on CTV at 12 noon to an estimated audience of over one million viewers.

The 11th Annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run, presented by Waterloo Region Record, navigated the Parade route just before the parade started, with close to 600 participants there to run the route! First place went to Josh Morrison with his time of 17:30 and Jessica Kuepfer with her time of 18:55.

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, fashion, 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 x238


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