Onslow Oktoberfest officials are encouraging everyone to wear their Bavarian best as they enjoy the last day of the festival.
The fundraising event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with an opening ceremony, children’s activities and, of course, traditional German food such as bratwurst and beer.
“In the whole weekend we’re hoping for about 14,000. Everyone is encouraged to wear their dirndls and lederhosen,” said Paige Kuffel, an event organizer with Onslow Community Service Outreach.
Saturday’s activities include the Miss Oktoberfest Pageant, which features contestants wearing German-themed clothing. The winner will receive $300 in cash, a trophy, sash, crown and the title of Miss Oktoberfest.
“There is also the Last Man Standing Competition, that one you actually just have to hold two steins full of water,” Kuffel said. Contestants hold the steins in arms outstretched to the front, and whoever keeps up the steins the longest wins
Children’s activities and events will be held all day within the Bojangles’ Children’s Area, including an Onslow County Museum Fossils Dig It!, Five Star Gem Mining, pony rides, a petting zoo, climbing wall, train rides and many other activities.
Diana DeVusser, honorary festival chair with Onslow Oktoberfest, told The Daily News this week that organizers hope to raise at least $90,000 for Onslow Community Outreach.
Organizers are also placing donations boxes at several spots throughout the festival to encourage contributions to support the soup kitchen, homeless shelter and building fund.
Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips was also seen at Onslow Oktoberfest participating in the Tap the Keg event Friday, so that steins everywhere would be filled in support of the Outreach Center.
Also Friday was the Stein & Shine Glow Run, which drew a crowd.
“When I first started running, I didn’t realize how fast I was. I’m faster than my grandpa!” Carolanne Godlewski, 6, said.
Godlewski participated in the run with her grandparents Nick and Lynne Sebring, her mother Angela Barfield and her baby brother Bentley.
“I have to make sure I’m running faster than the person behind me,” she said.
This is her family’s 9th year attending Onslow Oktoberfest.
According to event organizers, Onslow Oktoberfest is important to maintaining the outreach center’s ability to help the community on a daily basis, pay-off and renovate the building on Hargett Street and for future needs.
For more information on activities, visit OnslowOktoberfest.org or OnslowCO.org.