WEST ALEXANDRIA — The 50th Annual Kiwanis Oktoberfest will be held at Peace Park on Route 35 (68 East Dayton Street), West Alexandria on October 14 and 15.
The festival hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 and 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 15.
Additional parking for visitors will be at the Dow Chemical and Paramont Plastic parking lot East of Peace Park. The lot is located right East of the Marathon station on the same side of the street.
Scarecrow Scamper – 5K & 10K Run – Saturday 8:30 a.m.
Parade – Saturday 11 a.m. Opening ceremonies immediately after the parade including crowning of the Queen and “Citizen of the Year.”
Demonstration: There will be a law enforcement canine demonstration on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. at the rear of the festival grounds. No dogs or pets of any kind are permitted in the park during the festival.
Entertainment: Bluegrass Express (formerly the Dixie Ryders) – Saturday and Sunday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Pumpkin Contest – Saturday: Pumpkins in place by the Gazebo by 2 p.m., Saturday, October 14. Pumpkins must be carved and/or decorated before display at the park. Name and address of participant must be placed on a paper under the pumpkin. Judging will start after 2 p.m. Winners will be announced between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Scarecrow Contest – Saturday: Scarecrows in place by the Gazebo by 2 p.m., Saturday, October 14. Stakes to hold up the scarecrow will be furnished. Name and address of participant must be placed on a paper attached to the scarecrow. Judging will start after 2 p.m. Winners will be announced between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Antique Car Covered Bridge Run – Sunday at 12 p.m.
Kiddie Tractor Pull – Sunday, October 15: Registration by 2 p.m. at the Gazebo with a $1 entry fee. The categories are 3 – 4 year olds, 5 – 6 year olds and 7 – 8 year olds. Tractor Pull will start at 2 p.m.
Entertainment: Something Good – Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Other activities offered are an Arts & Crafts Festival with many handmade crafts; homemade and German Food –pork and sauerkraut, cabbage roll casserole, homemade apple dumplings, BBQ chicken, BBQ pork chops, and many other food items; Apple Butter making; a beer garden both days of the festival and free children’s games every half hour at the back of the festival grounds on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.