WEST ALEXANDRIA — Fall festival season is in high gear, and this weekend marks the 48th annual autumn celebration for the Kiwanis Oktoberfest in West Alexandria.
Located in Peace Park in the village, off U.S. 35 East, the festival runs Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11. The festival runs from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The annual Oktoberfest parade is slated to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday. This year’s grand marshal is WHIO-TV meteorologist Carrieann Marit. Marit is a graduate of Twin Valley South High School and lives with her husband and two sons in Preble County.
Following the parade, West Alexandria Citizen of the Year Jane Fahrenholz will be honored, and this year’s Oktoberfest Queen will be crowned.
Along with games in the back of the park for children, there will be numerous contests, including pumpkin carving, scarecrow building, and a kiddie tractor pull.
The Scarecrow Scamper 5K and 10K race starts Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. The Antique Car Covered Bridge Run begins Sunday at noon.
Shoppers wanting to get a head start on holiday shopping and decorating will enjoy the arts and crafts side of the festival, with lots of handmade crafts to peruse and purchase. Those wanting to enjoy the culinary side of Oktoberfest will delight in the German fare including pork and sauerkraut, cabbage roll casserole, and also enjoy homemade Apple Dumplings, barbecue chicken and pork chops and much more.
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