EATON — The Catholic Community of Preble County and Oxford is hosting its first Oktoberfest event at the Preble County Historical Society on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 3-9 p.m.
The public is invited to enjoy this day of traditional Oktoberfest fun which will include live German music, a beer garden, War Horse events, food trucks, vendors, children’s games, traditional German games, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, raffles and more.
Admission is free.
The Ohio War Horse group will be on hand to perform as a part of the Oktoberfest.
“We are the Ohio Warhorses/War Horse Events, a team of full contact Medieval combatants,” the group introduced themselves in a press release. “We fight in steel with steel, no scripts and real hits. A modern continuation of a medieval sport, we train and compete in one-on-one fights for skill through group or team fights in which the goal is to be the last man standing, when three points of contact hit the ground you are out and “stay where you lay” as a obstacle in the arena for other fighters until the end of the round.
“In our melees fighters are allowed to strike with their weapon, punch, kick, trip, throw, grapple and more but we may not thrust nor strike the back of the knee, the groin, the throat from 3 to 9 or the spine from 12 to 6. All other strikes are legal. We train weekly together when we are not at events or tournaments, whether that be strength and conditioning or drills and rounds of fighting in armour specifically. We have fought and displayed what we do at things as varied as sports expos, breweries, churches, festivals, retirement homes, private parties and the list goes on.”
The Bergstrasse Boys will also perform. The Bergstrasse Boys are a Hamilton-based group who will play polka and other German festival music at the Oktoberfest from 4-8 p.m.