WEST ALEXANDRIA — The West Alexandria Kiwanis Oktoberfest Fall Arts and Crafts Festival was held at Peace Park in the village on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13.
The annual festival featured various contests, the 5K and 10K Scarecrow Scamper run, antique car covered bridge rides, local vendors, a beer garden, and German food.
The festival kicked off with the 5K and 10K Scarecrow Scamper run on Saturday, Oct. 12. All proceeds benefited the students enrolled in the Career Based Intervention Program at Twin Valley South High School.
The following events were also held on Saturday: the annual Oktoberfest parade, opening ceremonies, crowning of Oktoberfest queen, and the Oktoberfest Miss and Mr. Pageant.
Both the Oktoberfest Queen Contest and Oktoberfest Miss and Mr. Pageant are sponsored by Alpha Kappa Sorority.
Following the parade, Festival and Exhibit Chair John DeVilbiss welcomed all present at the annual festival. He began by sharing information on Bruno — the 49 year old scarecrow who has been displayed at the Oktoberfest, off and on, since 1970.
He then introduced Mayor Carol Lunsford, who thanked God for the beautiful weather, noting she wished it was warmer. After her welcoming comments, she shared information on the two citizens of the year, both of whom were unable to attend Oktoberfest this year.
“I am disappointed my citizens of the year were not able to attend this year — they had some illness. I wanted to tell you who they are and what they have done for this community. Citizens of the year are Sue Patterson and Fred Winters,” Lunsford said.
“They are the ones who do all the beautiful flowers out here, at the park and at town hall. What a great contribution they have made for the community. I have written a proclamation and I will invite [Sue Patterson] to one of my council meetings and be able to present that then. They are great people. If you see Sue and Fred, thank them and tell them they’re great people,” she added.
Next, it was time to crown the 2019 Oktoberfest Queen. According to DeVilbiss, all the candidates submitted an application and were interviewed by three judges.
“The judges were pleased with the candidates this year and wish each of them the best in their future endeavors,” DeVilbiss said. “The panel of judges was very impressed with all of you and all you have done. You are all wonderful young ladies and we are proud you are with us and you are bound to be successful in whatever you set out to accomplish. Congratulations to all of you.”
Liberty Chesney was crowned Oktoberfest Queen. Second Runner-up was Maddie Henkes and First Runner-up was Hannah Colosky.
Chesney is a Junior at Twin Valley South High School. She said she wanted to enter the contest as an opportunity to better serve and give back to her community. As Oktoberfest Queen she sold buttons and during December she will work at Santa Villa handing out cookies.
“I’m very excited, because I’m hoping this gives me an opportunity to be more involved,” she said. “I’ve been coming to the Oktoberfest since I was a baby. I like to get Chuck Fries and walk around and see all of the different vendors and crafts. Everyone should come [next year] and have fun, because there is a lot of things to do here, lots of good stuff to eat, and a lot of fun things to see and buy.”
On Sunday, an antique car covered bridge ride was held. Throughout the weekend visitors could peruse local craft vendors, enjoy games for children, and eat German food, pork chops, fresh-made apple butter and more.
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