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This land gives us everything. It gives us amazing lakes, epic mountains and more square feet of awesomeness per person than anywhere else. It also gives us Canadian water, prairie barley and exactly what we need to brew one of the best tasting lagers in the world. So raise a glass to this land. We wouldn’t be Canadian without it. Cheers.


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GREETINGS FROM THE CITY OF KITCHENER

Welcome to the 42nd Annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! On behalf of members of council and the citizens of the City of Kitchener, I invite everyone, residents and visitors alike, to enjoy the many attractions and outstanding hospitality our community has to offer. Throughout the festival, from October 8 – 16, 2010, you will find excellent opportunities to experience Oktoberfest spirit, our rich Germanic traditions and an infectious atmosphere of fun and celebration. The special feeling of Gemeutlichkeit, or good fellowship, is abundant! Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers, generous sponsors and enthusiastic supporters who make Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest so successful each year. Your efforts not only showcase our community for visitors, but also significantly contribute to local charities, like the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. We truly appreciate your hard work and commitment over the Thanksgiving weekend and during the entire festival. Best wishes for a safe and happy Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! Carl Zehr, Mayor ~ City of Kitchener

GREETINGS FROM THE CITY OF WATERLOO

On behalf of the City of Waterloo, “willkommen” to the 42nd annual KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest. As usual, the team that plans this world-class event has arranged a spectacular festival, drawing upon the rich Germanic heritage that is ingrained in our diverse community. We are so fortunate to be the home of Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival – I hope you all enjoy the food, music, dancing and entertainment! It’s all part of the experience. For me, one of the highlights is the Waterloo Mayor’s Oktoberfest Luncheon, which will kick off the festival in the Waterloo Public Square. Mark your calendars – it’s on Thursday, Oct. 7 beginning at 11 a.m. My fellow City Councillors and I hope you will come out and celebrate with us. There will be a free lunch courtesy of Piller’s Sausages and Delicatessens, and Onkel Hans, Miss Oktoberfest and the Black Forest Band will also make appearances! Have a “wunderbar” and safe Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.

Brenda Halloran, Mayor ~ City of Waterloo

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WELCOME TO WATERLOO REGION

Dear Friends, It’s October and to many in this Region, it means it’s time to celebrate Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest with friends and visitors. Many volunteers work hard to ensure that the many events of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest provide something for everyone. The long standing Waterloo Region tradition of hospitality is ever present and we hope that you will experience it during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Relax, have fun, and enjoy all that Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has to offer!!

Ken Seiling, Regional Chair

GREETINGS FROM THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE

It is with great pleasure that I bring greetings from Cambridge City Council on this 42nd annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest celebration. It’s an event that helps to showcase this region: our rich heritage, the beauty of our natural surroundings, and the amazing people who call this area home. We take pride in our community, and we are equally proud to be officially part of this year’s celebrations. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest provides a wonderful opportunity to partake in the finest events, traditional dining experiences and entertainment. Please explore the community. We are delighted to have you here whether you are a resident, visitor for the first time or a seasoned ‘festhaller’- you won’t be sorry you engaged in the celebrations. Our Visitor Information Centre staff would be happy to share trip planning suggestions and information on attractions and can be reached at 519.622.2336. As the largest Bavarian festival in North America, it’s easy to see why this area is so wellknown for the exceptional Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. ‘Willkommen’ to the community, we are pleased to have you here! Doug Craig, Mayor - City of Cambridge

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Join us in the largest Festhalle in KW for all the entertainment and food that makes a great Oktoberfest

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The best of Oktoberfest “A truly AUTHENTIC experience” Traditional Food • Great Music • Entertainment


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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Willkommen! Welcome to you and the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will join us for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 2010! Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is all about celebrating the true spirit of Gemütlichkeit! It is that warm feeling of hospitality, fun and fellowship that makes our nine-day celebration of food, music and German heritage so unique. I hope you will enjoy the hospitality of our community, as well as our over 40 Family & Cultural Events, our exciting festhallen and of course our annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. Not only is Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest a wonderful way to celebrate with family, friends and neighbours, it is also a tremendous economic driver for our community. Each year, over 50 not-forprofit organizations generate funds for their programs and services through the Festival. I know that you too will be filled with the Spirit of Gemütlichkeit and truly understand why we are Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival! Join us and see for yourself! Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest ist Wunderbar! Prost!

Paul Buttinger, President Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

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2010 Souvenir Button

KITCHENER-WATERLOO OKTOBERFEST

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he essential keepsake for all visitors to KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest is the official souvenir button. Since 1969, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has created an annual souvenir button featuring Oktoberfest scenes, musicians, dancers, and in more recent years, the lovable Onkel Hans character. There are two types of buttons available through our souvenir button program. The round button sells for $3 and the Blinkie Pin sells for $5 each. Proceeds assist a variety of local charities Buttons are available at Hans Haus, at all festhallen, and at certain Family & Cultural Events. Start your collection today!

what to do WHAT TO SEE

All about Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Das Schmecht - all about the food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 K-W Oktoberfest Inc. Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 KWO Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 From Legend to Legacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62

Events Thanksgiving Weekend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Event Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Event Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 A Blooming Affair Fashion Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Thanksgiving Day Parade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

Festhallen/Community Partners Map of Accredited Festhallen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Festhallen Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Family/Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Shoppping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

In the Community

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Conestoga College Photo Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Oktoberfest Ambassadors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Volunteers of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Get SNAP’d . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61


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Getting better with age KITCHENER-WATERLOO OKTOBERFEST The origins of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest begin with the festivities of a wedding in Bavaria now celebrating its 200th anniversary!

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n a far away land known as Bavaria, King Ludwig I married the beautiful princess Therese Von Sachesen-Hildenburghausen. The loyal soldiers in the Prince’s National Guard thought horse races would be a most fitting way to celebrate this joyous occasion. These races were the finale of five days of wedding festivities on October 17, 1810. This was the beginning of Oktoberfest. The horse races became an annual event and were combined with the state agricultural fair the following year. A few years later booths would be set up for patrons to enjoy food and drink at the festival. In the late 1800s, the booths had grown into large beer halls or tents, which are still set up each year on the Theresienwiese (Therese’s Fields) in honour of Ludwig’s bride. Today, a large mid-way and fair accompany Oktoberfest in Munich, the largest celebration of its kind in the world. The festival extends over two weeks and ends on the first Sunday of October. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest was not established by royal decree, but with a noble motive just the same. In 1969, the founding fathers of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest saw this Bavarian tradition, celebrated in Bingeman Park in Kitchener, as an excellent opportunity to benefit the entire community.

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Since 1969, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has developed its own traditions, becoming the largest Bavarian festival in North America with the greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade in Canada. The civic festival that celebrates our local German Canadian heritage has grown from a weekend event in one Festhalle into a nine-day event attracting over 700,000 people. In the Spirit of Gemütlichkeit on Friday, October 8 at 11:30 am Kitchener Civic Square will be bustling with pomp and ceremony, music and dancing, and the enthusiasm of thousands of revelers eager to kick-off the 2010 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Honoured guests and dignitaries at the official Opening Ceremony will accompany our President, Paul Buttinger, the newly crowned Miss Oktoberfest and our favourite ambassador Onkel Hans. This year Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is bigger and better than ever with over 40 Family and Cultural Events and 18 festhallen. There is something for everyone at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! Willkommen to you, your family and friends. Experience a nine-day celebration of heritage and if someone asks why you are here … tell them Ludwig sent you.


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T H A N K S G I V I N G

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THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with your friends and family by taking part in the many Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest events happening around town. Don’t know where to start? This simple guide provides some suggestions to help plan your weekend!

Friday, October 8:

• Start the weekend early by attending the official Opening Ceremonies & Keg Tapping at Kitchener City Hall, 11:15 a.m. • Then pay a visit to Hans Haus, your information headquarters at the corner of Benton and Charles Streets. You can find details on scheduled events, buy festhallen tickets and pick up some KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest souvenirs!

Saturday, October 9:

• Early Saturday morning enjoy a free breakfast at the K-W Oktoberfest Free Family Breakfast in UpTown Waterloo. Then drop by the Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race on King Street in Waterloo. Roll out the barrel at 9:30 a.m. • Visit the Erntefest - Harvest Festival at Joseph Schneider Haus Museum, Kitchener’s oldest Mennonite homestead, as they celebrate the harvest or “Ernte” by performing household duties such as schnitzing, preserving, and pickling as they were done in the 1850's. • Come to Downtown Kitchener to check out the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience! There is something Wunderbar for all members of the family to enjoy!

Sunday, October 10:

• Head downtown to Willkommen Platz, the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, to enjoy some festive cuisine and free entertainment! • Cheer on Kitchener’s best talent at the Oktoberfest Idol and Junior Idol competition at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts starting at 10 am.

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Monday, October 11:

• Rise and Shine! It’s time to secure your spot on the parade route! The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 8:30 am at King and Erb Street in Waterloo and makes its way to King and Cedar Street in Kitchener. Reserve bleacher seating at King & Allen Street – Tickets are $8 and available at Hans Haus. • After the parade, visit Woodside’s National Historic Site of Canada for their Traditional Thanksgiving, where you’ll be sure to get a taste of the harvest season. • Get a birds-eye view of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest with a Great Lakes Helicopter Ride at the Waterloo Regional International Airport. For more information on these, and all KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest events, see the Calendar of Events on page 18 of this FestGuide, visit www.oktoberfest.ca, or call 519-570-HANS (4267). Happy Thanksgiving!


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Photo Contest CONESTOGA COLLEGE

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very year, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest holds a photo contest for first-year students enrolled in the Conestoga College Graphic Design program. During the Festival, the students visit various KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest events and capture them on film. At the end of the school year, they present their 10 best photos and are judged on their presentation, selection and quality. The top three winners each receive a Hans Haus Gift Certificate. Some of their photos are used in this FestGuide. This year’s winners are: 1. Tia Hughes 2. Joseph Nowak 3. Kelsey Inkol So, if you see one of these students during the Festival, you might just find yourself in next year’s FestGuide!

2. JOSEPH NOWAK

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1.TIA HUGHES

1.TIA HUGHES

3. KELSEY INKOL


PROUDLY PRESENT

The Oktoberfest Downtown Experience OCTOBER 8 – 16, 2010 KITCHENER COUNCIL’S GRILLEFEST - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 11AM TO 2PM – CIVIC SQUARE, CITY HALL

Kitchener City Councillors join in the Oktoberfest opening day festivities by serving visitors a traditional sausage on a bun at this annual event. All proceeds are donated to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

DOWNTOWN MIDWAY, OCTOBER 8-11

For the outdoor festhall experience, play games of chance, enjoy a ride and all the sights and sounds. Purchase your midway event bracelet early and save. MARKTFEST & KIDDIE KEG TAPPING, OCTOBER 9 - 10AM KITCHENER MARKET – PIAZZA 300 KING ST E, KITCHENER ON

The spirit of Oktoberfest for the whole family! Hosted by Erick Traplin, enjoy crafts, performances and a root beer kiddie keg tapping. Special appearances by Onkel Hans and Miss Oktberfest. 3RD ANNUAL BAVARIAN STRONGMAN CHALLENGE, OCTOBER 9 - 12 NOON – 5PM, CIVIC SQUARE

Come see the amazing feats of strength during this unique action packed competition. The 2010 Bavarian Champion will be determined. PARADE DAY BREAKFAST, OCTOBER 11 7AM – 12 NOON, CIVIC SQUARE CITY HALL

Bring the family downtown prior to the parade as the Kiwanic Club of Elmira will be hosting a breakfast and proceeds to Grand River Hospital Foundation. For more information, including a listing of other Downtown Oktoberfest events that take place during Oktoberfest visit www.kitchenerdowntown.com or phone (519) 744-4821. ADMISSION: FREE, unless otherwise noted * Please note events and locations are subject to change.

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C A L E N D A R PRESENTED BY:

Pre-Festival

Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball Oktoberfest Preview Oktoberfest Rocks The Tent Tour de Hans Cambridge Council’s Oktoberfest Luncheon A Blooming Affair Fashion Show Waterloo Mayor's Oktoberfest Luncheon K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year

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32nd Great $ Oktoberfest Barrel Race 6th Annual Fallen Free / Firefighters Memorial Donation Day & Family Fun Fest Bogenschuetzenfest $ DOGtoberfest $

Erntefest Harvest Festival Fall Harvest – Waterloo Region Museum Family Fun-toberfest

German Pioneers Day Great Lakes Helicopters

Hans Haus

Kitchener Toy And Collectibles Show And Sale K-W Oktoberfest Atom Tournament K-W Oktoberfest Bavarian Molson Slo-Pitch Classic K-W Oktoberfest Free Family Breakfast K-W Oktoberfest Chess Open Lebkuchendorf Marktfest & Kiddie Keg Tapping Observe An 1890’s Thanksgiving Official Opening Ceremonies Official Closing Ceremonies

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Fri. Oct 8

Sat. Oct 9

9:30 am 9:30 am - 2 pm

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Friday, October 1, 6 pm - 1 am Saturday, October 2, 11 am - 3 pm Saturday, October 2, 7 pm Sunday, October 3, 8:45 am Wednesday, October 6, 11 am - 1pm Wednesday, October 6, 6:30 pm Boulevard, 7:30 pm Show Thursday, October 7, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Thursday, October 7, 7 pm

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Noon - 5 pm 8 am - 6 pm

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11 am - 2 pm 10 am 10 am - 5 pm - 5 pm

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9 am - 7 pm 7:30 am - 11 am

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Ok-Throw-Ber-Fest Disc Golf Tournament Oktoberfest Car Show Oktoberfest Idol Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade Onkel Hans 5K Fun Run Onkel Hans Food Drive Rocktoberfest 9 Seeds In Disguise (Wings of Paradise) So You Think You Can Tanz

The Oktoberfest Downtown Experience Victoria Place Oktoberfest Celebration Waterloo Central Railway WCAC Annual Juried Show at the Button Factory Willkommen Platz Wishmaker Walk for Wishes World's Most Dangerous Bocce Ball Tournament

$ $

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Free

$ Free / $ Bleacher Free for spectators Donation $ $

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8 am - 5 pm 11 am - 4 pm

Sun. Oct 17

8:30 am

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Exhibit runs from June 1st – November 30, 2010; 10 am - 4 pm

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Family Train Family Train Family Train to St. Jacobs to St. Jacobs to St. Jacobs 10 am, Noon Noon & 2 pm Noon & 2 pm All Day All Day Noon

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Mystery Train Mystery Train Family Train Family Train Departs Departs to St. Jacobs to St. Jacobs 6pm - 9 pm 6pm - 9 pm Noon & 2 pm Noon & 2 pm

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All Day Reg: 10 am Walk 11 am

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D E S C R I P T I O N bands from Kitchener & Toronto Fire and the Red Knights Motorcycle Club. Parade maps and details are online at www.kitchenerfirefighters.ca. A public memorial service will be held at 1pm honouring all fallen firefighters/emergency workers, including 13 from the Kitchener Fire Department. Admission - FREE

A BLOOMING AFFAIR FASHION SHOW

Wednesday, October 6; 6:30 pm Boulevard, 7:30 pm Show Bingemans Ballroom, 425 Bingemans Centre Dr. Kitchener, ON (L/E)

32ND GREAT OKTOBERFEST BARREL RACE

Saturday, October 9; 9:30 am King Street (between William Street & Willis Way) UpTown Waterloo (L/E; C/A; S/T)

Roll out the Barrel …and enter a team of four (ladies, men, or co-ed teams) to challenge others in a relay-style race, pushing a metal barrel up King Street for the fastest time. Prizes for the top 2 teams in each category! Proceeds go to the UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival Inc. Pre-Register your team today! Non-competitive wheel barrow races for kids under 10! Fun for the Whole Family! FREE EVENT for spectators; Team Registration: $35 (4 members per team); $40 day of registration. INFO: Contact UpTown Waterloo Business Improvement Area at 519- 885-1921 or visit www.uptownwaterloobia.com

An exciting evening of elegance and glamour featuring the latest fashions from the Region’s leading retailers. The show will feature outstanding collections from casual wear to the most elegant evening attire. This popular event features “Boulevard of Boutiques” for browsing and shopping, with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Advance tickets are recommended. TICKETS: $35 pp; to order call HANS HAUS 519-570HANS or www.oktoberfest.ca

6TH ANNUAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL DAY & FAMILY FUN FEST

Saturday, October 9; 9:30 am - 2 pm Civic Centre Park, 101 Queen Str. N. @ Margaret Ave. Kitchener, ON (C/H; L/E; FF)

This family focused event begins at 9 am with the popular Family Fun Fest, loaded with activities! Which include: a “Firefighter Combat Challenge”, emergency services performing vehicle extrication with the ‘jaws of life’, new & antique fire/emergency apparatus, Kitchener Rangers Street Team, TimBits, coffee, hot chocolate, a BBQ (for a donation) and Children’s Entertainment. At 12:30, the ceremonial Memorial Parade kicks off, featuring new and antique fire trucks, the Pipes & Drums

BOGENSCHUETZENFEST

Saturday, October 9 - Sunday, October 10; 10 am Hubertushaus (German-Canadian Hunting & Fishing Club) R.R. #2, Petersburg , ON (just West of Mannheim) (S/T)

This event is the longest continuous running Family & Cultural Event. Anyone with a barebow and special blunttipped arrow (flu flu) may participate in Bogenschuetzenfest on Saturday, October 9th. The aim is

Event Categories: C/H = Cultural / Heritage; F = Food; L/E = Leisure / Entertainment (Parades); M/C/S = Markets, Crafts & Shopping; C/M/D: Concert / Music / Dance; F/LH = Festhallen / Licensed Hall; C/A = Contest / Awards; FF = Family Friendly; S/T = Sports & Tournaments;

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to knock off parts of a styrofoam eagle mounted on top a 35’ pole. Archers who knock off a body part will become members of ‘The Schuetzen Guilde of Archers’. On Sunday, October 10th, competitors can compete in the Running Boar Tournament, where the target is a replica of a wild boar travelling at approximately 20 km/h. Saturday Night Festhalle Tickets are available at the tournament for $13/person. TICKETS: Spectators - FREE; Entry Fee - $15.00 (13 and over); $10.00 (12 & under) INFO: Contact Andrew McKay at ajmckay@gto.net or 519-578-6167

souvenirs (hats and buttons), homemade dog treats, a DOGtoberfest pageant (judges look for costumes, tricks and personality), Oktoberfest music, Oktoberfest sausages & KWHS merchandise! Come on out and enjoy a pet friendly Oktoberfest event with your favourite pooch today! Admission: $10.00 per dog; humans free; all proceeds go directly to the orphaned animals at the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society. INFO: www.kwhumane.com, K-W Humane Society Facebook Fan Page or 519-745-5615

Wednesday, October 6; 11 am – 1 pm Cambridge Centre Mall (in front of The Bay) 355 Hespeler Road, Cambridge, ON (L/E)

The Joseph Schneider Haus, Kitchener’s oldest Mennonite homestead, celebrates the harvest or “Ernte” with a flurry of activity. For nine days, the seasonal tasks of a Mennonite farming family will be performed as they were in the 1850’s. Domestic duties such as schnitzing, preserving, pickling and flax processing will prepare the busy household for winter. The bakehouse and drying house will be fired up throughout the week. ADMISSION: Adults $2.25, Seniors/Students $1.50, Children $1.25, Family $5 INFO: www.region.waterloo.on.ca/jsh or 519-742-7752

CAMBRIDGE COUNCIL’S OKTOBERFEST LUNCHEON

Opening Ceremonies in Cambridge starting at 11:00 am and ending at 1:00 pm. Come out to enjoy an M&M’s lunch donated and served up by Cambridge’s own Councillor’s. Festhalle on premises, run by local Rotary Club.

ERNTEFEST – HARVEST FESTIVAL October 9 – 17 Joseph Schneider Haus Museum 466 Queen Street S, .Kitchener, ON (C/H; FF)

FALL HARVEST – WATERLOO REGION MUSEUM

Monday, October 11; 1 pm – 4:30 pm Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Road, Kitchener (C/H; L/E; F/F)

DOGtoberfest

Saturday, October 16; 11 am – 2 pm Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society - Leash Free Park 250 Riverbend Drive, Kitchener, ON (FF)

DOGtoberfest is a fun event for dogs and pet owners alike! It is an official Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest event and won best new event in 2005. There are carnival style games designed for dogs and people, DOGtoberfest

In celebration of the fall – the villagers and farmers at Doon Heritage Village will be celebrating the end of another growing season and all the hard work that goes into making sure the barns and cellars are full for the winter. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, music in the church and seasonal hands on activities. Sample some of the many flavours of heritage apple varieties from a century ago. Bring your family for an afternoon of fun activities and enjoy the magnificent colours of fall at one of the prettiest places in the Region. ADMISSION: Adults - $7.00, Students / Seniors - $4.00, Children - $4.00, Children four and under are free INFO: www.waterlooregionmuseum.com or call 519-748-1914

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Sunday, October 17; 1 pm & 3 pm Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort 396 Morrison Road, Kitchener, ON (F; F/LH; FF; S/T)

Join us on Sunday, October 17th at Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort at 1 pm or 3 pm for our Family Funtoberfest! Enjoy the fall colours on the property – complete with a Beer & Food Tasting for Big Kids (19+), and supervised fun for Little Kids (4 to 14 years old), with free ice cream for the first 100. The Lounge will feature a tasting with an Oktoberfest flair, and the Grounds will feature our: Biking & Hiking Trials, Climbing, Disc Golf, Volleyball and Tennis. This event will run rain or shine. ADVANCE TICKETS SALES: $10 per person (19+); $5.00 for children. INFO: www.discoverchicopee.com or call Guest Services at (519) 894-5610 x0 to register.

GERMAN PIONEERS DAY

Tuesday, October 12; 5 pm Kitchener City Hall, Rotunda, 200 King Street W., Kitchener, ON (C/H)

This event commemorates and acknowledges the numerous contributions made by the German immigrants to the building and establishing of the province of Ontario and throughout all of Canada. At 3:30 pm the Transylvania Hofbräu Band will perform, conducted by Jeremy Frim. The formal program begins a 5 pm with greetings and Heritage Awards. Guest choirs will be performing during the official program. ADMISSION: FREE INFO: www.dkk-ont.net or call the German Canadian Congress at (519) 746-9006

GREAT LAKES HELICOPTER

Monday, October 11; Noon – 5 pm Region of Waterloo Airport, Great Lakes Helicopter 4881 Fountain Street N., Breslau, ON (L/E)

Taking Oktoberfest to new heights! Come join us for an afternoon of helicopter rides. The flight is approximately 5 - 6 minutes per ride. All rides are first come, first serve. Private sight-seeing flights available all year round. Pleas call for details. TICKETS: $50/person; $40/12 and under INFO: www.greatlakeshelicopter.ca or 519-648-3732

HANS HAUS

Fri., Oct. 8 & Sat., Oct. 9 - 8 am - 8 pm Sun., Oct. 10 & Mon., Oct. 11 - 8 am - 6 pm Tues., Oct. 12 to Fri., Oct. 15 - 9 am - 8 pm Sat., Oct. 16 - 8 am – 8 pm Sun., Oct. 17 - 8 am - 1 pm Official Souvenir Store of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 17 Benton Street (at Charles), Kitchener 519-570-HANS www.oktoberfest.ca

Come visit the official headquarters of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest – where you can purchase tickets to the various events, obtain information, or browse through the HANS HAUS Retail Outlet. The store offers a great collection of Oktoberfest souvenir items; pins & buttons, hats & feathers, t-shirts, sweatshirts, steins, mugs, shooters and lots more! You’ll find unique collectibles such as the imported German/Bavarian Steins. HANS HAUS is open year round. INFO: 519-570-HANS or 1-888-294-HANS; hanshaus@oktoberfest.ca

KITCHENER TOY AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW AND SALE

Sunday, October 10; 10 am – 2:30 pm Bingemans - Ballroom, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive Kitchener, ON (M/C/S)

Featuring vendors selling Hot Wheels, toy trucks, NASCAR collectibles, action figures, Old Tin Toys, Pez, Beanie Babies, dolls, advertising signs, Coca-Cola and >>

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brewery collectibles, coins, paper money, comics, records, wrestling collectibles, movie and television memorabilia, sports and non-sport cards, sports memorabilia and much more. Over 100 vendor tables. TICKETS: available at door; $3.00/person, children 12 and under FREE when accompanied by an adult. INFO: www.kitchenershow.blogspot.com or contact Ian Ward at 519-426-8875 or toyshow@kwic.com.

K-W OKTOBERFEST ATOM TOURNAMENT

October 22 - 24 K-W Arenas (Albert McCormick Arena, Activa Sportsplex, Grand River Arena, Kitchener Auditorium, RIM Park & Waterloo Memorial Complex) (L/E; FF; S/T)

Over 80 teams, of 10 year old boys and girls, from local towns and cities, plus teams from the United States and across Canada are expected to participate in this annual hockey tournament. Teams will compete in all four divisions, AAA, AA, A and MD. The 4 Divisional Finals will be played at RIM Park on Sunday afternoon. Proceeds from this event will go to Minor Hockey in Waterloo. FREE for Spectators INFO: www.waterloohockey.on.ca

K-W OKTOBERFEST BAVARIAN MOLSON SLO-PITCH CLASSIC Saturday, October 9; 8 am – 1 am Sunday, October 10; 9 am – 7 pm Tournament Headquarters, Bingemans - Marshall Hall 425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener, ON (S/T)

Teams, from all over Ontario, are competing for Provincial and National births in Canada for 2011. Divisions are at all levels from recreational to competitive for mens, co-ed & ladies. Over 200 teams participate in this event every year. Games will be held at a variety of ball diamonds in Kitchener, Waterloo & Cambridge. FREE for Spectators INFO: www.scsp.ca to register your team or contact Mike Condie (519-895-8658 or m-condie@rogers.com)

K-W OKTOBERFEST FREE FAMILY BREAKFAST

Saturday, October 9; 7:30 am – 11 am Waterloo Public Square, King Street, Waterloo (C/H; F; FF)

Come join an Oktoberfest tradition with the K-W Oktoberfest Free Family Breakfast. Tasty Aunt Jemima Pancakes and Pillers Sausages cooked up by the students of the Conestoga College Culinary program. Great food, great entertainment and a chance to have breakfast served to you by the Rogers Kitchener Radio Group personalities of 96.7 CHYM FM, 570 News and KIX 106.7 FM. FREE EVENT, non perishable food items for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region encouraged INFO: www.chymfm.com or 519- 743-2611

K-W OKTOBERFEST CHESS OPEN

October 15 - 17 Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street W. Kitchener, ON (C/H; S/T)

The K-W Oktoberfest Chess Open has become quite a tradition in Waterloo Region. Competitors complete in 4 sections based on ability for cash & prizes. For those beginners wanting to try their hand at tournament chess, you can join in the lower section and play alongside masters competing in the top section. Entry Fee: $65 in advance; $80 at door for competitors; Spectators – FREE. INFO: www.kwchessclub.com or Patrick McDonald at 519-648-3253 or patrick@psmcd.net

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K-W OKTOBERFEST ROGERS WOMEN OF THE YEAR

Thursday, October 7; 7 pm St. George Hall, 665 King Street N., Waterloo, ON (L/E)

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year recognize outstanding women in the community in 8 categories – Arts & Culture; Community Service; Entrepreneur; Health & Wellness; Lifetime Achievement; Professional; Sports & Recreation; Young Adult. An award recipient is chosen from each category. TICKETS: $40; to order call HANS HAUS 519-570-HANS or www.oktoberfest.ca

LEBKUCHENDORF

Saturday, October 16; 1 pm – 4 pm Kitchener City Hall - Rotunda & Lobby 200 King Street W., Kitchener (F/F)

Please join us on Saturday, October 16th from 1 pm - 4 pm in the Rotunda at Kitchener City Hall to participate in LEBKUCHENDORF - the building of a gingerbread community. This will be an enjoyable activity for families where your creation will be part of the village display. Bring your imagination and camera for an afternoon of fun. This event is hosted by HEARTWOOD PLACE, a nonprofit organization which builds affordable housing in our region. ADMISSION: $10.00 per family for your “building supplies”. Complimentary refreshments. INFO or to register online visit www.heartwoodplace.ca or phone (519) 745-9315.

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MISS OKTOBERFEST GALA BALL

Friday, October 1; 6 pm – 1 am Bingemans Ballroom, 425 Bingemans Centre Dr. Kitchener, ON (L/E)

The Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball will be a memorable evening of dining and dancing. The highlight of the event will be the announcement of Miss Oktoberfest 2010. The evening festivities consist of a cocktail party and silent auction followed by a gourmet dinner and dancing. This will be the “Social Event of the Year in the Waterloo Region!” TICKETS: $250+HST per couple; available at the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest office -call 519-570-HANS x227 to purchase

OBSERVE AN 1890’S THANKSGIVING

October 8 – 17; 10 am – 5 pm Woodside National Historic Site of Canada 528 Wellington Street N. Kitchener, ON (C/H; FF)

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Saturday, October 9; 9 am – 2 pm Kitchener Market , 300 King Street E, Upper Level Kitchener, ON (M/C/S; F/C; F/F)

Join the Kitchener Market as we celebrate the spirit of Oktoberfest with Marktfest and a Kiddie Keg Tapping. There will be German cooking demonstrations, a kiddie keg tapping (with root beer), crafts, entertainment and more! FREE EVENT. INFO: www.kitchenermarket.ca Event Categories: C/H = Cultural / Heritage; F = Food; L/E = Leisure / Entertainment (Parades); M/C/S = Markets, Crafts & Shopping; C/M/D: Concert / Music / Dance; F/LH = Festhallen / Licensed Hall; C/A = Contest / Awards; FF = Family Friendly; S/T = Sports & Tournaments;

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Our authentically-dressed staff will provide visitors with a glimpse into the Thanksgiving celebrations of the King family in 1890s. Pumpkin cookies are ready for sampling. Come and tour the estate and witness the show of fall leaves - and don’t forget to bring your camera! ADMISSION: Adults $3.90, Seniors $3.40, Youth $1.90, Families $9.80 INFO: www.pc.gc.ca/woodside or call 519-571-5684

and many more! Tickets available at Hans Haus! INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-294-4267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

OK-THROW-BER-FEST DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT

Sunday, October 16; 8 am – 5 pm Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort 396 Morrison Road Kitchener, ON (F; /FF; S/T)

Join us on Saturday, October 16th at the Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort from 8 am – 5 pm for our 2nd Annual OkThrow-berfest Disc Golf Tournament. This event is a community and family friendly event for all ages and abilities. Stay for an Oktoberfest BBQ after your round and enjoy the patio! This event will run rain or shine. This is a sanctioned event with Pro, Amateur & Beginner categories available. Registration fee $25.00 INFO: www.discoverchicopee.com or call 519-894-5610 x0 to register with Guest

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OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONIES

Friday, October 8; 11:30 am Kitchener City Hall - Civic Square 200 King Street W., Kitchener, ON (L/E)

The 42nd annual “TAPPING OF THE KEG” signifies the official opening of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 2010. The Official Proclamation will be read and KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest President, Paul Buttinger, will drive the spigot into the keg to kick off the beginning of our nine day Festival. The ceremony is televised live by CTV at 12:15 pm INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-294-4267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

OFFICIAL CLOSING CEREMONIES

Saturday, October 16; 12:45 am Transylvania Club, 16 Andrew Street Kitchener, ON (L/E; F/LH)

2010 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest closes with a bang at the Official Closing Ceremonies. Say good bye to Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest for another year! The evening includes visits from Onkel Hans, Miss Okotberfest

Saturday, October 16; 11 am – 4 pm Willkommen Platz, King Street, Kitchener between Queen & Scott Streets (L/E)

The 12th Annual Oktoberfest Car Show will wrap-up the final day of the festival with a bang, as amazing cars fill the downtown area. We are anticipating an exalt group of classic cars of all makes and models. This event is located in the parking lot off of Goudies Lane, across the road from Market Square and King Street between Queen & Frederick St. Just follow the signs. INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-2944267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

OKTOBERFEST IDOL

Sunday, October 10; 10 am The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts 36 King Street W. Kitchener, ON (L/E)

Come out and cheer on Kitchener-Waterloo’s finest, as singers both young and old vie for the title of ‘Oktoberfest Idol’! Again, this year there will also be a Junior Competition for 8 - 13 year olds. Registration for both competitions begins at 10:00 am. Junior Idol begins at 10:30 am, followed by Oktoberfest Idol at Noon. Finals begin at 2 p.m. starting with the Junior Competition. REGISTRATION: $20 Idol Competition, $10 Junior Competition ADMISSION: $5 adult, $3 children 3 - 13

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(kids under 2 free) INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-894-294-4267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

OKTOBERFEST PREVIEW

Saturday, October 2; 11 am – 3 pm Conestoga Mall, 550 King Street N., Waterloo, ON (L/E)

Oktoberfest Preview is a great way to get into the festival spirit. There is entertainment for all ages, including dancers and singers from various local clubs. All events are promoted through colourful displays to inform the community of the great family events that will take place the festival week. Visit with Onkel Hans at the Rootbeer Garten. INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-294-4267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

OKTOBERFEST ROCKS THE TENT

Saturday, October 2; 7pm Concordia Club Tent 429 Ottawa Street S. Kitchener, ON (L/E)

This event will be the Ultimate Oktoberfest Experience….featuring Our Lady Peace. Oktoberfest rocks the tent BEFORE the official festival opening! TICKET: $34.50 plus taxes and handling. INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-294-4267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

OKTOBERFEST THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

Monday, October 11; 8:30 am King Street, Waterloo - Kitchener Start: King & Erb Streets Finish: King & Cedar Streets (L/E)

Bands from across North America, spectacular floats and more are featured in Canada’s largest Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Parade travels almost 5 km, entertaining a crowd of over 150,000 cheering spectators and is enjoyed nationally on the CTV Network by over two million viewers. A highlight is the Parade’s Grand Marshall whose identity remains top secret until just prior to the start of the Festival. FREE EVENT; $8 bleacher seat tickets at HANS HAUS; call 519-570-HANS or www.oktoberfest.ca

ONKEL HANS 5K FUN RUN

Monday, October 11; 8:15 am Start: Uptown Waterloo Finish: Kitchener Memorial Auditorium (S/T)

Kick-off the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade by participating in a 5 KM run to support the Home Caregiver’s Programme. This programme provides essential physical, spiritual, emotional, legal and financial information to those who are giving care to their loved ones who are seriously ill at home.Chase the chicken down the Parade route! REGISTRATION FEE: $35 INFO: Contact St. John Ambulance – Kitchener-Waterloo at 519-579-6285 or www.kwsja.ca

ONKEL HANS FOOD DRIVE

Monday, October 11; 8:30 am Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade Route (L/E)

Share in the spirit of Thanksgiving by helping the community with the Onkel Hans Food Drive that takes place during the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. Bring your non-perishable food items to the Parade and volunteers will gladly pick them up along the parade route. Thank you for lending a helping hand! FREE EVENT; Donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region >>

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EVENT; Donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region

ROCKTOBERFEST 9

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TANZ

For one night only, Rock and Polka come together at the Molson Canadian Rocktoberfest Haus Party, featuring KO and illScarlett! The concert is open only to those who are 19 years of age and older and is sure to be an exciting night! TICKET: $24.50 plus taxes and handling. INFO: 519-5704267, 1-888-294-4267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

So You Think You Can Tanz was created in 2008 to showcase the Local German Dance Groups in a friendly competition held annually at the Alpine Club. Past champions include Transylvania Dancers (2008) and Alpine Dancers. Come out to see who is crowned this year! Along with this, there will be a new addition to the program – a Polka Dance-Off, where one couple from the audience will be crowned Polka King and Queen for the night! Help support your local German Club dance groups! TICKETS: Can be purchased through participating groups or by calling the Alpine Club at (519) 744-1521. Seating based on first come first served, no reservations. INFO: Visit www.alpine.ca or Alpine Club of Kitchener on Facebook, or www.oktoberfest.ca, or call (519)-570-HANS.

Sunday, October 10; 7 pm Altes Muenchen Haus , 1260 Queens Blvd., Kitchener, ON (L/E; C/M/D; F/LH)

SEEDS IN DISGUISE

June 1 – November 30 Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory 2500 Kossuth Road Cambridge, ON (L/E)

Explore the ordinary….seeds are all around us; we eat them; we plant them; they parachute from dandelions; they catch in a dog’s coat or on your socks; they drop from the trees; and sometimes they even hang around your neck. This exhibit features ornamental seeds “disguised” as beads in jewellery, trinkets and ornaments. Seeds In Disguise will delight all ages and levels of interest – from the curious child, to the backyard botanist, to the seasoned hiker, and everyone in between. Exhibition runs from June 1 – November 30, 2010. ADMISSION: Adult - $10.95, Senior - $9.75, Child (3-12) $5.75; plus HST. INFO: or call 519-653-1234

Tuesday, October 12; 6 pm Alpine Club, 464 Maple Ave., Kitchener, ON (C/H; C/M/D; C/A)

THE OKTOBERFEST DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE

Friday, October 8 – Sunday, October 17 Downtown Kitchener King Street (from Water St. – Cedar St.) (F; L/E; C/M/D; F/F)

There is something Wunderbar for all members of the family to enjoy at the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience. Check us out on King Street, in Downtown Kitchener, from October 8th - 17th. Get downtown during the 10 festival days for lots

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Grillefest, October 8, 2010 11 am to 2 pm – Civic Square

Join members of Kitchener City Council to celebrate the Opening Ceremonies of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest at Kitchener City Hall. For a donation of $3.50 you can enjoy a delicious traditional Oktoberfest sausage on a bun generously donated by M&M Meat Shops Ltd, and a pop, while you listen to live music by the Black Forest Band. All proceeds from the BBQ are donated to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Midway, October 8, 2010 – October 11, 2010

Come downtown for an outdoor festhalle experience right on King Street. Play games of chance, enjoy a midway ride, eat a sausage or just experience the sights, sounds and smells. Plus purchase advanced tickets for the midway rides and save!

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3rd Annual Bavarian Strongman Challenge, October 9, 2010, 12 Noon – 5 pm, Civic Square

Come see feats of strength at the 3rd Annual Bavarian Strongman Challenge. Each feat of strength tests the dynamic and static force of each athlete, as well as their endurance. The day’s events will be action packed with additional attractions performed between events. This will be an exciting strongman challenge with events happening every hour on the hour to determine the 2010 Bavarian Champion! Free Event to the public!

Parade Day Breakfast, October 11, 2010, 7AM – 12 Noon, Civic Square

The Kiwanis Club of Elmira is pleased to be involved in the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience. Come enjoy breakfast on parade day in downtown Kitchener. Proceeds raised from the breakfast will be donated to the Grand River Hospital Foundation and other community projects. For more information, including a listing of other Downtown Oktoberfest events that take place during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest visit www.kitchenerdowntown.com or phone (519) 744-4821. ADMISSION: FREE, unless otherwise noted. * Please note events and locations are subject to change. Please visit www.kitchenerdowntown.com for the most accurate information

TOUR DE HANS

Sunday, October 3; 8:45 am Starting: Hubertushaus, 1605 Bleams Road, Petersburg (S/T)

Marktfest & Kiddie Keg Tapping, October 9, 2010, 10 am – 1:00 pm, Kitchener Market – Piazza 300 King St E, Kitchener ON

Bring your family and friends to Marktfest to celebrate the spirit of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. There will be international food from around the world. Onkel Hans and Miss Oktoberfest will even make a special appearance to enjoy the Gemuetlichkeit at this festive family event. In

The inaugural Tour de Hans will bring together the spirit of competition and the spirit of Gemuetlichkeit in a way that has never been experienced before. This 100K cycling event will take participants on a rolling tour of the most scenic landscapes in Waterloo Region. The race begins and ends at Hubertushaus, and all race participants will experience Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest hospitality with a Finish Line Party that includes a keg tapping, authentic Bavarian food, live entertainment and plenty of Gemuetlichkeit! REGISTRATION FEE: $125+HST (Until Oct. 1st); $150+HST (Race Day). INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-29442678 or www.oktoberfest.ca >>

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VICTORIA PLACE OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION

Wednesday, October 13; 11 am – 2 pm Victoria Place, Main Lounge 290 Queen Street S. Kitchener, ON (C/H; F; L/E)

Join us at Victoria Place for our 27th annual Oktoberfest Celebration. Best overall event at Kitchener-Waterloo in 2008. Best Leisure Event in 2007, 2006 & 2005. Good food, good music and Gemuetlichkeit! Enjoy a menu of Oktoberfest Sausage, Cabbage Rolls, Hot Potato Salad and Freshly Baked Apple Strudel. Senior friendly event with visits from Miss Oktoberfest and Onkel Hans. Limited Seating. TICKETS: $12 per person or $10 with donation to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. INFO: victoriaplace@reveraliving.com or 519-576-1300

features a bar car Tickets: $55 INFO: www.steam-train.org. ; TICKETS are available online at www.steam-train.org or at the Waterloo Train Station at 519-885-2297

WATERLOO MAYOR’S OKTOBERFEST LUNCHEON

(WATERLOO CITY COUNCIL RECEPTION) Thursday, October 7; 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Waterloo Public Square (L/E)

Join our hosts, Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran and the City of Waterloo Council, as they kick-off the KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest celebrations with a mouth-watering free lunch courtesy of Pillers. Onkel Hans, Miss Oktoberfest and the Black Forest Band will be on-hand to entertain and greet you at this annual event. FREE EVENT. INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-294-42678 or www.oktoberfest.ca

WCAC ANNUAL JURIED SHOW AT THE BUTTON FACTORY

Friday, October 8; 5 pm – 7 pm Waterloo Community Arts Centre 25 Regina Street S., 2nd Floor, Waterloo, ON (C/H)

WATERLOO CENTRAL RAILWAY

October 9 - 17 Waterloo Railway Station 10 Father David Bauer Dr. Waterloo, ON (C/H; FF; L/E; M/C/S)

Ride the Oktoberfest family trains deep into North Waterloo and visit the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and the Village of St. Jacobs. Family Train to St. Jacobs departs at 10 am, Noon & 2 pm. Tickets: Adults: $14.00; Seniors & Students: $12.00; Children: $8.00 On October 14th & 15th, it’s a Ride To Die For & something terrible has happened on the way to St. Jacobs. Can you solve the mystery? The Oktoberfest Murder Mystery train, which depart at 6 pm, include dinner and

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Join us for an evening celebrating the visual artists in Waterloo Region. This is special reception for the participants of the WCAC Annual Juried Show. See which artworks were selected by our jurors; and be there as we hand out the prizes for first, second and third places. Live music and refreshments are provided. Come out and meet the Artists! Second floor not wheelchair accessible. FREE EVEN. INFO: www.buttonfactoryarts.ca or 519886-4577

WILLKOMMEN PLATZ

Friday, October 8 – Saturday, October 16 Benton & King Street, Kitchener, ON (FF; L/E; F)

The heart of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! It’s a “Bavarian Village” in downtown Kitchener with FREE live entertainment on the Children’s Stage, sponsored by WestJet. Check out the displays and activities, excellent food and beverages, information, souvenirs and a Bier Garten! Fun for the whole family. Platz is open daily


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through the festival. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest at Willkommen Platz!

WISHMAKER WALK FOR WISHES

Saturday, October 16; 10 am Kitchener Memorial Auditorium - Kiwanis Arena 400 East Avenue, Kitchener, ON (FF; L/E)

Celebrating Kitchener’s 5th annual Wishmaker! This one you don’t want to miss. Join us for a fun walk, refreshments, raffle and entertainment to benefit and bring awareness of The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada in a fun family event. Stroll through the many displays showing the impact this organization has had right here in our local community. Help grant a child’s wish, sign up now by registering online at www.childrenswish.ca or by calling 1-800-267-WISH (9474) for a pledge form. ADMISSION: Free; Pledges INFO: www.childrenswish.ca or 1-800-267-WISH (9474)

WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT Sunday, October 10; Noon Oberkrainer Haus - SAVA Club 50 Schiefele Place, Breslau, ON (C/H; F; FF; S/T)

Teams from Toronto, Hamilton and London, as well as a strong local contingent, will compete, in this doubles Bocce Ball Tournament, for the trophy (the Oktoberfest Cup). Bocce, a sport which originated in Italy, takes elements from lawn bowling and is played on a packed sand lane. The object of the game is to throw/roll your ball closest to the movable target ball, or balin. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Places. In addition, a miniBocce tournament will be held on Family Day for the kids. With minimal all day admission and the Club’s other facilities at hand, a trip to the tournament makes for a most enjoyable afternoon for the whole family. ADMISSION: Noon - 10 pm, $10 pp (all-day); With Meal - $27.00 pp INFO: www.sava.ca or contact Natasha Prilesnik at nprilesnik@gmail.com Event Categories: C/H = Cultural / Heritage; F = Food; L/E = Leisure / Entertainment (Parades); M/C/S = Markets, Crafts & Shopping; C/M/D: Concert / Music / Dance; F/LH = Festhallen / Licensed Hall; C/A = Contest / Awards; FF = Family Friendly; S/T = Sports & Tournaments;

our volunteers are the best

Have you ever thought about the logistics in hosting over 700,000 Festival-goers during a 9-day international Festival promoting the spirit of Gemuetlichkeit? Although K-W Oktoberfest Inc. (a not-for-profit community corporation) employs eight full-time staff, the Festival would not be possible without the dedication of more than 420 year-round volunteers and 1,300 community and service club volunteers to stage Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival -Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Since 1969, our constant growth and success promoting a unique German heritage experience is a testament to the thriving relationship and pride between the Festival and the community. We are always ready to welcome dynamic people who wish to promote Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Interested potential volunteers can submit applications available at www.oktoberfest.ca. Our Volunteer Coordinator will then set up an interview that allows us to connect you with a volunteer position suited to your interests and skills. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest’s Volunteer Program was awarded “Best Volunteer Program” by Festivals & Events Ontario. www.oktoberfest.ca 31


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9 Hubertushaus (Petersberg)

8 Heidelberg Haus (Moses Springer Arena)

7 Elmira Kiwanis Haus

6 Danube Hause (Maryhill)

5 Concordia Club

4 Cambridge Rotary Haus

3 Bingemans

2 Altes Muenchen Haus (Queensmount Arena)

1 Alpine Club

16 Transylvania Club

15 Schwaben Club

14 Ruedesheimer Garten (Waterloo Memorial Rec. Complex

13 Oktoberfest Haus (Willkommen Platz)

12 Oberkrainer Haus (Breslau)

11 Koenigstrasse Garten (Bobby O’Brien’s)

10 Karlsberghaus (The Auditorium)

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A C C R E D I T E D

F E S T H A L L E N

Elmira Kiwanis Haus (Lions’ Hall – Kiwanis Club of Elmira)

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Concordia Club (L)

Cambridge Rotary Haus

4

5

Bingemans Jodler Haus, Ballroom (M)

3

Bingemans Berkley Room (S)

Bingemans Marshall Hall (L)

3

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Altes Muenchen Haus (Queensmount Arena) (L)

Alpine Club (S)

Festhallen

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7pm – 1am $18 advance $25 @ door

4pm – 1am $15

Sat. Oct. 9

5pm – 1am $24

OPEN

6pm – 1am $20

6pm – 1am $40 VIP w/Meal

7pm -1am 6pm – 1am $10 advance $15 advance $15 @ door $20 @ door Much Music Retro Lulu’s Video Party Roadhouse & George Kash Oktoberfest Band

7pm – 1am $19.50 advance $25 @ door

6pm – 1am $13

Fri. Oct. 8

12pm – 7pm $9 Family Day

7pm – 1am $24.50 Rocktoberfest Ft: illScarlett & KO

1pm – 9pm $9 Family Day

Sun. Oct. 10

11am – 6pm $9 Family Day

12pm – 6pm Donations accepted or $5 Family Day

1pm – 9pm $9 Family Day

Mon. Oct. 11

6pm – 11pm Schenke Only (Tent Closed) FREE with Food bank donation

6pm – 11pm $9 - ‘So you think you can tanz?’

Tues. Oct. 12

7pm - 1am $9 Walter Ostanek Student / Industry Night

6pm – 11pm $9

Wed. Oct. 13

6pm – 1am $15

Fri. Oct. 15

6pm – 12am $14 Corporate Night

11am – 4pm $36.75 Matinee w/ Meal

8pm – 1am $10 advance $15 @ door Student Night

6pm – 1am $20

7pm – 1am $20 advance $30 @ door

8pm – 1am 7pm – 1am $10 advance $28 $13 @ door David Wilcox & College / Walter Ostanek University Night

6pm – 11pm $9

Thurs. Oct. 14

Sat. Oct.16

5:30pm – 1am $10 adv./ $15 door Family Day Noon - 5 pm

6pm – 1am $24

6pm – 1am $40 VIP w/Meal

6pm – 1am $20 advance $25 @ door George Kash Experience

7pm – 1am $19.50 advance $25 @ door

4pm – 1am $16

All accredited Festhallen are licensed by the AGCO; serve continuous snacks, dinners & beverages and provide traditional entertainment. Festhallen Capacity Code: L (over 1200) M (600–1200) S (under 600) German Club

K I T C H E N E R - W A T E R L O O


Karlsberghaus – The Aud (L)

Koenigstrasse Haus (Bobby O’Briens) (S)

Oktoberfest Haus (Willkommen Platz Downtown Kitchener) (S)

Schwaben Club (M)

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Transylvania Club (M)

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6pm – 1am $14 $23 w meal

6pm – 1am $16.50 $28 w meal

11am – 6pm $2 adults Kids FREE 7pm – 1am $8

11:30am – 2am FREE

6pm – 1am $17 $24 w meal

4pm – 1am $18.50 $30 w meal

11am – 6pm $2 adults Kids FREE 7pm – 1am $8

5pm – 1am $12 $27 w meal Opening Night

12pm – 2am FREE

7pm – 1am 7pm – 1am $10.75 $17 Dave FM Oktoberfest Oktoberfest Ft Rock’n’Roll Kegger The Saxons

8pm – 1am $13 Ft. Weiss Blau Coming of Age

6:30pm – 1am 10am – 4pm Bogenschuetzenfest $10 Opening Night 6:30pm – 1am Rock Around the Keg Festhalle w. KFUN 99.5FM $15.50

7pm – 1am $20 Ft. Weiss Blau Coming of Age

11am – 5pm Family Day $7 adults Under 12 Free $18.50 w.meal

3pm – 6pm $2 adults Kids FREE Family Day

12pm – 10pm $10/$27 w meal Bocce 1pm – 5pm. Lunch w Miss Oktoberfest 12pm

2pm – 2am FREE

11am – 6pm $10 Adults Kids under 14 Free Family Day

11am – 6pm $10 adults Under 12 Free Family Day

11am – 6pm FREE Family Day

11:30am – 2am FREE

11am – 3pm FREE Private Party 6pm – 10pm

11:30am – 2am FREE

11am – 3pm FREE

5pm – 11pm $7 $18.50 w.meal Corporate Night

11am – 3pm FREE 7pm – 1am OktBluesfest $10

6pm – 1am $17 $24 w meal

6pm – 1am $16.50 $28 w meal

7pm – 1am $12

11am –6pm FREE 7pm – 1am $8

11:30am – 2am 11:30am – 2am 11:30am – 2am FREE FREE FREE

7pm – 1am 7pm – 1am BEAToberfest $25 Win to Get In University Night on 91.5 The Beat

6:30pm – 1am $14 TGIF with the Gang

7pm – 1am $15 Oktoberfest Goes Country

6pm – 1am $17

4pm – 1am $23.50 $35 w meal

7pm – 1am $22

11am – 6pm $2 adults Kids FREE 7pm – 1am $17

5pm – 1am $12 $27 w meal

12pm – 2am FREE

7pm – 1am $25 Final Night of Festing

6:30pm – 1am $18.50 Grand Finale for 2010

7pm – 1am $20 Ft. Weiss Blau & & Coming of Age

Information and Prices Are Subject to Change. All tickets are subject to a $2.75 GST included handling fee. All Sales Final – No Refund – No Exchange – No minors permitted in halls except on Family Days. For tickets & information: Hans Haus 519-570-4267 x233 or 888-294-4267 x233 or visit us online at www.oktoberfest.ca

Ruedesheimer Garten (Waterloo Memorial Rec. Complex) (L)

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Oberkrainer Haus (Breslau) (S)

Hubertushaus (Petersburg) (S)

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Heidelberg Haus (Moses Springer Arena) (L)

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ACCREDITED FESTHALLEN

Accredited Festallen

2010 KITCHENER-WATERLOO OKTOBERFEST Festhallen are where the core of activities and festivities can be found. These Bavarian decorated buildings, or tents, have a capacity from 250 to 3,400 people! The five German Clubs are very popular, but all Festhallen must meet certain criteria … offering award winning oompah bands, Bavarian dancers, and mouth watering cuisine. All accredited Festhallen are licensed by the AGCO, serve continuous snacks, dinners and beverages, and provide traditional entertainment. Festhallen are casual dress; unless specified, jeans are permitted. Be comfortable. Proper footwear is a must everywhere! ALPINE CLUB

again for the best party in town! Our Marshall Hall holds 1,600. Jodler Haus Matinee - Celebrate with a The Alpine Club, founded in 1953, is one of the delicious luncheon buffet and an afternoon filled Festhallen best known German-Canadian Clubs. The cozy with music and dance! Enjoy yodeling and cowbells atmosphere, combined with excellent cooked meals, with Deb Misener-Jones. Capacity: 1,000. Berkley VIP entertainment by ethnic German dance groups, and great Room - celebrate in style in our Berkley Room that will music, all make the Alpine Club a very popular choice. serve a delicious Bavarian buffet, offer reserved seating You'll find the crowd ranging in age from University and provide table service with your choice of beverages. students to senior citizens. This hall was the 1999 winner Each guest will receive a VIP pass to check out the action of the "Gastfreundschaft Award" for German Clubs & the at the other festhallen at Bingemans. Capacity: 200 "Gemütlichkeit Award" winner in 2004. Neat, casual www.bingemans.com dress. Capacity: 400 www.alpineclub.ca

464 Maple Avenue, Kitchener, 519-744-1521

ALTES MUENCHEN HAUS

(Queensmount Arena – Kitchener Lions Club) 1260 Queens Blvd., Kitchener

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest’s home to Canada’s Polka King – Walter Ostanek and Molson’s Rocktoberfest. Caters to younger people - the College and University crowd! Monday is Family Day, with lots of activities for the young and young-at-heart. Thursday is Conestoga College Night. Capacity: 2,050

BINGEMANS

425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, 519-744-1555

Bingemans is proud to present another year of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest festivities at our own Marshall Hall. The Bavarian Hall is one of the largest Festhallen available during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest; it includes a Schnapps bar, SPIELCASINO, and lip smacking good Oktoberfest food. Return once

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CAMBRIDGE ROTARY HAUS

Cambridge Center Mall 355 Hespeler Road, Cambridge 519-621-5660

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest comes to Cambridge for the first time! A first for the City of Cambridge, the local celebrations will run from October 6th - 8th at the festhalle tent located in the parking lot of the Cambridge Centre! The City of Cambridge will host the Cambridge Council’s Oktoberfest Luncheon, including a free Oktoberfest lunch, courtesy of M&M Meat Shops, a keg tapping ceremony and Maypole Raising! This event kicks off three days of festhallen fun! The celebrations continue under the leadership of the Rotary Club of Cambridge (Preston-Hespeler). The charitable organization will bring a multitude of entertainment to the festhalle along with traditional food.


ACCREDITED FESTHALLEN

CONCORDIA CLUB

429 Ottawa Street South, Kitchener

Tickets are only available through the Club. Call 519-7455617 or visit www.oktoberfesttickets.ca/concordia. The Concordia Club is the largest ethnic German club in Canada. It is organized as a non-profit organization. There are 18 social activity groups who call the club “their home,” such as a Choir, Ballroom Dancing, Skat, Soccer, Ice Curling, Gardening, Mardi Gras and so on. Hospitality plays a major role in the clubs’ activities throughout the year, with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest being the absolute highlight of all cultural events. With the addition of a large tent, the club can accommodate almost 4,000 guests joining the best party in town. The entertainment and food during the festival, as well as the rest of the year, is as unique and diverse as is the heritage of the Concordia Club. The Concordia Tent is the largest festhalle in K-W. Dress: clean & casual and Bavarian Tracht, of course. Capacity: 3,950 www.concordiaclub.ca.

ELMIRA KIWANIS HAUS (LIONS’ HALL) (Lions’ Hall) 40 South Street West, Elmira

The Festhalle in the heart of Mennonite country. A onenight-only opportunity to enjoy Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest in Woolwich Township. Choose a back-roads route and enjoy the countryside on your way to our friendly, but lively small-town hospitality; including dancing to the sounds of DJ Mike Daudin. Enjoy traditional German fare; including, Schnitzel, Oktoberfest sausages, sauerkraut, fried onions, old-fashioned Germanstyle potato pancakes – cooked the way only the Elmira Kiwanis Club’s 30 years of experience can! Capacity: 450

HEIDELBERG HAUS

(Moses Springer Arena – Twin Cities Optimist Club) Lincoln Road off Weber Street, Waterloo, 519-885-4530

The Optimist Club of Twin Cities Waterloo Region is pleased to offer 4 fun-filled nights this KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest. All proceeds support youth projects in our community. This volunteer run festhalle is known for its great hospitality and music. We invite you to join us and enjoy the German sound of Weiss Blau and the rock sound of Coming of Age, great hospitality and plenty of fun! We appeal to the 20-45 year old group. Dress is casual. Capacity: 1200

HUBERTUSHAUS

(German-Cdn Hunting & Fishing Club, Mannheim) 1605 Bleams Rd, Petersburg, 519-634-8491

Hubertushaus, an award winning festhalle, offers all ages the very best of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Friendly staff welcomes you to our unique festhalle, decorated in traditional Oktoberfest theme. Enjoy the true meaning of Gemütlichkeit. Enjoy our specialties: Rollbratten or Wiener Schnitzel, served with Spaetzle and coleslaw, as well as a selection of scrumptious cakes and tortes. Choose from the many activities, including Bogenschuetzenfest, Family Day (kids under 14 free), enjoyable evenings with authentic Oktoberfest music by “A Trio”, food and entertainment. For a truly unique Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest experience visit Hubertushaus! Capacity: 450 www.hubertushaus.ca

THE AUD -KARLSBERGHAUS

(Kitchener Auditorium - Kiwanis Club) 400 East Avenue, Kitchener, 519-584-2711

Welcome to Karlsberghaus. Winner of best Festhallen for 2002, 03, 04 and 08. Innovation award 2005, 2006 and 2009 and best band in 2001 and 2005-2009! Featuring the multiple award winning Saxons band, traditional dancers, festive decorations and mouth watering cuisine. You will find a mixed age group enjoying the Spirit of

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ACCREDITED FESTHALLEN Gemütlichkeit. Come and see what the fuss is about! The hall is operated by volunteers and all proceeds support the Community Service Projects of the Kiwanis Club of Twin Cities. Capacity: 2,000 www.karlsberghaus.com

KOENIGSTRASSE GARTEN

Bobby O’Brien’s (formerly The Still Bar & Grill) 145 King Street West, Kitchener, 519-743-5657

Offering a relaxed environment during the week and a great place to party on the weekends; it is definitely a hot spot to be, with casual dining and so much more. Provides the best in local favourites and classic Irish dishes and drinks. Featuring the largest patio in the tricity areas. Special Oktoberfest menu, festivities, and giveaways. With Gemütlichkeit and more, it’s THE place to be! Capacity: 275 inside, 230 outdoor patio www.bobbyobriens.com

OBERKRAINER HAUS

(Slovenian Association) 50 Scheifele Place, Breslau, 519-648-2773

A multi Gemütlichkeit Award winner, Oberkrainer Haus has been involved with Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival for over 25 years. Exceptional home-cooked meals! Celebrate in the true spirit of Gemütlichkeit with live music and entertainment. Elegant European banquet hall with hardwood dance floor. Park-like setting with ample free parking. Located just past Bingemans off Victoria Street North. Sunday – Bocce Ball Tournament and lunch with Miss Oktoberfest. Capacity: 200 www.sava.ca

OKTOBERFEST HAUS

(Willkommen Platz – Kitchener Oktoberfest Lions Club) Frederick & King Streets, Kitchener, 519-579-3108

Located in the heart of the action in downtown Kitchener, you can make this your one stop destination for most of the points of interest when visiting KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest. Across the Platz from Hans Haus for all your festival keepsakes and souvenirs, steps to downtown shopping and the Children’s Museum (for kids of all ages), 2 blocks to the Kitchener Market, 2 blocks to the Centre in the Square and the K-W Art Gallery and 4 blocks to Joseph Schneider Haus. Open every day of the festival for lunch and join the party on weekend evenings! Operated by volunteers of the Kitchener Oktoberfest Lions Club with profits going to

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our charitable works. Capacity is 400 inside and on our huge patio

RUEDESHEIMER GARTEN

(Waterloo Rec. Complex – Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Kitchener-Waterloo & Area)

Featuring Lulu's Roadhouse Band. Traditional German entertainment, beer and schnapps bars, a souvenir booth, and a variety of food including traditional German dishes. All proceeds support charities. Dress is casual. Capacity: 1,700

SCHWABEN CLUB

1668 King Street East, Kitchener (enter off Weber), 519-742-7979

To truly experience a traditional Oktoberfest, everyone must visit the Schwaben Club. We offer two lively Festhallen, featuring live entertainment by the awardwinning Golden Keys and, direct from Germany, the “Schwaben 12” plus performances by local dance groups, including our own Schwaben Dancers and Donau Dancers. The Schwaben Club is famous for our delicious Oktoberfest menu, featuring a variety of traditional German favourites. See you at the Schwaben Club for GEMÜTLICHKEIT! Dress is Casual. Capacity: 640 www.kitchenerschwabenclub.com

TRANSYLVANIA CLUB

16 Andrew Street, Kitchener, 519-744-1191

Recognized as one of the top places to be during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Our award winning Festhalle is known for unique culinary specialties: Cabbage Rolls, Wiener Schnitzel, Sausage and an assortment of mouthwatering desserts. Our Pigtails are true Bavarian delicacies and should not be missed! You'll enjoy a pleasurable experience, with authentic Oktoberfest music and folk dancers. Our guests come from just next door and from all over the world. Come watch our award winning Transylvania Dancers, they have travelled throughout the United States, Germany and Austria and are the 2008 “So You Think You Can Tanz” champions! Come out to the Transylvania Club for homemade delicacies, amazing dancers, an award winning band and a great time amongst friends! Prost! Capacity: 660 www.transylvaniaclub.com


COMMUNITY PARTNERS

ACCOMMODATION BEST WESTERN ST. JACOBS COUNTRY INN

50 Benjamin Road E., Waterloo 519-884-9295 or 1-800-972-5371 info@stjacobscountryinn.com - www.stjacobscountryinn.com

Relax in our newly renovated, 100% smoke free rooms, all with a small fridge, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and free high speed internet access! All of our rates include complimentary hot breakfast served each morning. Each guest has access to our jumbo whirlpool, steam room and fitness centre as well as our guest laundry. The Verandah is open as a lounge, offering light meals and drinks, Monday to Saturday from 5pm to 10pm. Located in the heart of St. Jacobs Country, beside the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, the Farmers Market, Factory Outlet Mall and 3km from the picturesque Village of St. Jacobs. Rates from $159. Ask for the special Oktoberfest rate. (D, L)

CAMBRIDGE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE (FUTURE INNS)

700 Hespeler Road, Cambridge 519-622-1505 or 1-866-622-1505 www.cambridgehotel.ca

Cambridge Hotel & Conference Centre is one of Cambridge’s newest full service hotels. We are conveniently located just south of Hwy 401 and a short cab ride away from the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest programs and events. We offer 138 beautifully decorated and spacious guest rooms and suites, as well as our onsite fully-licensed Bruce Restaurant & Lounge. Unique to the hotel is our 19th Hole golf simulator which allows you and your guests the convenience of fun and entertainment in your off time from the festivals events. Please contact us directly and ask about our amazing Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Packages and other Packages to enhance your stay while attending this year’s festival. Package Rates starting at $84 plus tax, including hot buffet breakfast (ask for the Special Oktoberfest Package). (D, L)

COMFORT INN KITCHENER

2899 King Street E., Kitchener 519-894-3500 or 1-866-373-4910 www.choicehotels.ca/cn275

The Comfort Inn Kitchener is a newly renovated award winning hotel, accessible to all Kitchener-Waterloo

Oktoberfest venues. Start your day off right with our complimentary Comfort Sunshine Breakfast, and relax in our whirlpool, fitness room or sauna after a day of enjoying all the festivities. We offer complimentary high speed wireless Internet, local calls and parking. Enjoy Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest in Comfort! (100 rooms; $99, A)

COMFORT INN WATERLOO

190 Weber Street N., Waterloo 519-747-9400 or 1-800-228-5150 www.choicehotels.ca/cn314

Our gold award winning hotel is just minutes from many of your favourite Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest activities. Discover the village of St. Jacobs and its farmers market, which is just a short drive away. Rooms feature 1 queen or 2 double beds, a coffee maker, iron/board, free local calls, free parking, pay movies, and a morning newspaper. Free wireless high speed access. Our convenience class rooms feature drive-up access with a fridge and microwave. Enjoy Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest in Comfort. (85 rooms;A)

DELTA KITCHENER-WATERLOO / DELTA GUELPH HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

105 King Street E., Kitchener 519-744-4141 or 1-800-483-7812 www.deltakitchenerwaterloo.com /www.deltaguelph.com

The Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre and Delta Kitchener-Waterloo are the largest full service meeting hotels in their respective cities. Convenient and central within South-Western Ontario....closer than you think!

DESTINATION INN & SUITES

547 King Street N., Waterloo 519-884-0100 or 1-866-222-9175 info@destinationinn.com- www.destinationinn.com

Willkommen! Located close to all Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest venues and in the heart of Waterloo’s shopping and tourist area. Our hotel offers beautifully appointed rooms and suites, an indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness centre. While staying with us, all of our guests can enjoy complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and wireless high speed internet. www.oktoberfest.ca 39


COMMUNIT Y PARTNERS FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON

210 Preston Parkway, Cambridge 519-653-2390

Honest, uncomplicated comfort, Four Points by Sheraton Cambridge Kitchener is the ideal place to book. Oktoberfest rate is $104.00 plus tax for a standard room, up to 4 people. Public transit available at our door steps. Complimentary shuttle to Altes Muenchen Haus (Queensmount), Concordia, and Bingeman’s Marshall Hall & Berkley Room. Come and sample our complimentary traditional German fare and our beverage of the day in our Preston Bar and Lounge.

HAMPTON INN & SUITES BY HILTON

4355 King Street E., Kitchener 1-877-600-6090 www.hamptoninnkitchener.com

Here at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Kitchener, we have more than personality…we have Hamptonality and plenty of it! We promise friendly service, clean rooms, fresh linens, and comfortable surroundings every time. If you’re not satisfied, we don’t expect you to pay. That’s our commitment and your guarantee! We offer free, full hot breakfast & waffle station, free evening appetizers (Mon-Thurs.), free Wi-Fi, free parking, fridge, microwave, 37” LG flat screen TV, Indoor Salt water pool, whirlpool, fitness centre and business center.

HILLCREST HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST

73 George Street, Waterloo 519-744-3534 info@hillcresthouse.ca - www.hillcresthouse.ca

You’ll find Hillcrest House in the heart of Uptown Waterloo, on a quiet residential street, just steps from a wide variety of shops, restaurants and activities. Grand ceilings, antique décor, and the striking details of Italianate architecture, give our B&B an inviting, cozy charm. One of the oldest homes in the area, Hillcrest House is a City of Waterloo heritage landmark built in 1882. A warm welcome awaits you, where you will be treated as friends while you enjoy the ambiance of days gone by, with all of the conveniences of today. Ideal for executive or vacation stays! Each of our 3 luxurious suites are private, with room to relax. We take care to provide the amenities that make you feel at home. A rejuvenating lift for the discriminating traveller. We look forward to seeing you!

HOLIDAY INN CAMBRIDGE

200 Holiday Inn Drive, Cambridge

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519-658-4601 www.holiday-inn.com/cambridgecan

Only minutes to K-W festivities. Full service hotel which features free wireless internet, Restaurant, lounge, business centre, indoor/outdoor pools, whirlpool, sauna & fitness centre. Kids stay & eat Free! (143 rooms; D,L,A,$125)

HOLIDAY INN KITCHENER-WATERLOO HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

30 Fairway Road S., Kitchener 519-893-1211 or 1-866-375-8240 www.holidayinn.com/kitcheneron

Willkommen! The Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo is the recipient of the Readers Select Diamond Award for Favourite Area hotel. We are conveniently situated off HWY 8 close to the 401, and located minutes from Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest activities and popular area festhallen such as Concordia, Schwaben, Bingemans, and the Aud. Take advantage of our full service hotel, with exceptional cuisine and on-site dining in our Embers Restaurant Lounge. Make your stay count! Join the most popular hotel program, Priority Club and collect points or Airmiles for your stay. For information: www.priorityclub.com (184 rooms; D,L,A $149)

HOMEWOOD SUITES

800 Jamieson Parkway, Cambridge 519-651-2888 www.cambridgewaterloo.homewoodsuites.com

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cambridge-Waterloo is an all-suite, upscale hotel, located at HWY 401 and Townline Road. Guests enjoy a full complement of services and amenities, including complimentary hot buffet breakfast daily, evening dinner (Mon-Thurs), HSIA, business centre, fitness centre, indoor pool, courtyard with BBQ area/Sports Court, on-site guest laundry, 24-hour Suite Shop, grocery service & shuttle service within a 5-mile radius of the hotel. The hotel’s spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom suites feature separate living and sleeping areas and fully-equipped kitchens.

LES DIPLOMATS BED & BREAKFAST

100 Blythwood Road, Waterloo 519-725-3184 or 1-888-645-9457 www.lesdiplomates.com

Classic elegance for executive travellers and romantic getaways. All rooms with ensuites and whirlpool Jacuzzi tubs, fireplace, TV, AC, and high speed Internet access.


COMMUNIT Y PARTNERS Guests have full use of spacious parlour, dining room and outdoor garden. A 5-course gourmet breakfast is served daily. (4 rooms)

RADISSON HOTEL KITCHENER-WATERLOO

2960 King Street E., Kitchener 519-894-9500 or 1-800-333-3333 www.radisson.com/kitchenerca

Personal, friendly service featuring well appointed guestrooms and suites with cable TV, in-room movies, coffeemakers, hairdryers and iron/ironing boards. Free wireless hi-speed Internet access and PrintMe function from your room. Relax in our heated indoor pool or workout in our fitness centre. Free parking and pet friendly too! Non-smoking & smoking rooms. Guests enjoy dining at the Library Cafe and adjoining Charcoal Steakhouse, del Dente and Martini’s restaurants. (172 rooms; from $129.99, A, D, L)

TRAVELODGE HOTEL CAMBRIDGE 605 Hespeler Road, Cambridge 519-622-1180 www.travelodgecambridge.ca

Cambridge’s Best Value & Service Guarnteed! On business or leisure, we want you to stay with us. Your stay includes complimentary breakfast, internet, tea/coffee and an abundance of in-room amenities. All of our tastefully decorated rooms include a small fridge, microwave oven, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Our onpremise restaurant, Archies Bar & Grill, is perfect for lunch and dinner, or to enjoy a relaxing drink. Come Stay with us at the Travelodge Cambridge where your stay is always our Pleasure!

WALPER TERRACE HOTEL & TERRACE CAFÉ

1 King Street W., Kitchener 519-745-4321 or 1-800-265-8749 www.walper.com

Located in downtown Kitchener, in the heart of KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest, the Walper Terrace is proudly celebrating 117 years in hospitality. This landmark features up-to-date guestrooms and suites, all with complimentary wireless hi-speed internet, modern amenities, 2 on-site restaurants, and complimentary parking. The hotel is walking distance to Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Hans Haus, restaurants, shopping and local attractions. The Walper Terrace Hotel is your destination of choice. (D, L )

WATERLOO INN CONFERENCE HOTEL 475 King Street N., Waterloo 519-884-0220 or 1-800-361-4708 www.waterlooinn.com

Full service, first class hotel offering 155 guestrooms, salt water indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, exercise room, elevator service to all guestrooms, complimentary high speed wireless Internet throughout hotel, Rushes Restaurant open for breakfast; lunch and dinner, Traders Exchange lounge, 24 hour room service, in-room guest amenities that truly make a difference, ample free parking and a great location. (155 rooms; D,L,A rooms starting @ $159)

FAMILY / SPORTS: ERBSVILLE KARTWAY

675 Conservation Drive, Waterloo

Erbsville Kartway has been the longest gokart track in Southwestern Ontario since 1959. It is a fully lit 1.6 km grand prix style track on 16 acres, featuring exciting twists and turns, changing grades and an overpass . Our 9 hp Honda powered “Bomber” karts and 2 seat “Hurricanes” provide safe, fast fun for all ages! We also offer 18 holes of mini golf, a sport field and a new outdoor track for Remote Control cars.

SNYDERS FAMILY FARM (FORMERLY KIMGLOW) 936685 Blenheim Road, Ayr 519-632-7356 www.snydersfamilyfarm.com

Farm fun by day, frightening by night. Enjoy a day out in the country! We have something for everyone, pick a pumpkin from our 10 acre patch, make your way through our huge corn maze, or maybe just enjoy some of our famous homemade apple fritters. Over 14 activities to enjoy, come out to our farm and create memories to last a lifetime. Open weekends 11 am - 5 pm, open Thanksgiving Monday. Looking for a fright? Come out to our Night Terrors, take part in our 3 haunted attractions, Barn of Fear, Trail of Darkness, and our Ghostly Corn Maze. Intended for children over 10 and adults. Open Friday - Saturday 7 pm - 10 pm.

WINGS OF PARADISE BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY 2500 Kossuth Road, Cambridge 519-653-1234

Stroll among 1000’s of free-flying butterflies in our year ‘round tropical garden, featuring over 85 species of

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COMMUNIT Y PARTNERS tropical plants, streams and a waterfall. Discover a honey bee observation hive, incredible insect and butterfly collection, Paradise Garden Café and Paradise Gift and Garden Boutique. On now until November 30 - The Royal Ontario Museum’s “Seeds in Disguise”.

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BENNY’S FAMILY RESTAURANT

183 Weber Street N., Waterloo 519-884-8074

Voted Waterloo’s best breakfast location. Open daily at 7 am for breakfast. Weekends breakfast served until 2:30 pm. Sundays open at 8 am. Open for lunch and dinner. All home made meals prepared fresh daily. Large groups welcome. Good Food, Good Fun. Stop in for casual dining with a relaxed atmosphere.

CORA BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Waterloo At The Shops, 75 King Street S., Unit 32, Waterloo, 519-886-8878

Specializing in gourmet breakfasts and healthy lunches, Cora Breakfast and Lunch in Uptown Waterloo dishes up an explosion of freshness and flavours in a pleasant, upbeat atmosphere. Signature menu items such as omelets, pancakes, eggs, crepes, waffles and French toast; accompanied by an abundance of fresh fruits that will decorate your plate and delight your palate. Come join us with your family and friends to enjoy one of our many delicious meals. Mon. to Fri. 6 am-3 pm, Sat. and Sun. 7 am-4 pm. 75 King Street S., Waterloo, N2J 1P2. In Waterloo Town Square beside Valu-Mart.

DOMINO’S PIZZA

Pizza & Chicken Wings. Now accepting debit on delivery. 1241 Weber Street E. 519-893-7200 Fischer Hallman & University, Kitchener 519-745-2222 Fischer Hallman & Max Becker, Kitchener 519-749-0120 Fischer Hallman & Columbia, Waterloo 519-747-7300 Northfield & King Street N., Waterloo 519-888-9749 Eagle Street & Concession, Cambridge 519-653-8050 Avenue Road & Franklin, Cambridge 519-624-8050

KELSEY’S WATERLOO

576 King St., North, Waterloo 519-772-1983

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MILTON’S

2979 King Street E., Kitchener

Milton’s is a licensed casual dining restaurant, with a comfortable lounge and large outdoor patio. Great for families, teams and group meetings, with separate rooms available. Enjoy the “Best Wings in Town” to homestyle ribs and perogies. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon-Fri from 11am and Sat-Sun from 10am. Join us at Milton’s where you are treated like family!

MONTANA’S COOKHOUSE

740 Ottawa Street S., Kitchener 519-579-0524

Come on in to Montanas Kitchener to experience our GENUINE HOSPITALITY and SIGNATURE DISHES. RIBS - our tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone smokehouse ribs are what we are famous for, and it’s easy to see why. We season our ribs with a blend of house spices and smoke them for hours to ensure just the right flavour and tenderness. We grill each rack to perfection, while basting them in your choice of one of our signature sauces. Go Ahead. Try Them! It could be the best descision you make today. “GET MESSY” with all you can eat ribs every Wednesday! Pair your dinner up with your choice of Wine/Liquor or of course ice cold beer from our GOLD STANDARD bar. So come in today and visit your extended family at Montana’s Kitchener.

OLDE HEIDELBERG RESTAURANT, TAVERN & MOTEL

3006 Lobsinger Line, Heidelberg 519-699-4413 www.oldhh.com

We serve up Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest all year long! Just 5 minutes from Waterloo, located in the heart of Mennonite horse and buggy country. Our family restaurant is renowned for generous servings of ribs, smoked pork hocks, schnitzel, pigtails and sauerkraut. Our adjoining tavern and brew pub serves cold Bavarian style lager. Friendly atmosphere. Weekend entertainment. 16 motel rooms available starting from $65 per night. Mon-Sat 11 am-12 am, Sundays 12 am - 7:30 pm.

OLIVER AND BONACINI CAFÉ GRILL

550 King Street N., Waterloo 519-772-0783 www.oliverbonacini.com

A stylish, upscale eatery from Restauranteurs Peter Oliver & Michael Bonacini offers modern, fresh market cuisine and superior service. Innovative cocktails, great value wines and a full bar menu make O&B Café Grill the perfect destination for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch or cocktails.


COMMUNIT Y PARTNERS ST. LOUIS BAR & GRILL

283 Northfield Drive E., Waterloo 519-883-4777 www.stlouiswings.com

We’re a full service Devilishly Good! bar and grill restaurant serving up our award-winning Signature Wings and Ribs and a host of other menu items, including piping hot pizza, sumptuous salads and succulent oven-baked 1/2 and 1/4 chicken. Also, check out our bar menu, featuring local and imported beer and a variety of St. Louis Specialty Cocktails. Drop by and enjoy an ice cold Molson Canadian or Coors Light and catch some sports on our big screen TVs…bring in the family for a great casual meal…or head on over for a team get-together in our private party room. Whatever you choose – you’re guaranteed a great time enjoying your favourite drink and a great meal in our fun and friendly environment. We’re also available for take-out, if you prefer to get messy in private; and we’ve got a beautiful patio if you prefer to get messy with Mother Nature. St. Louis Bar and Grill is the proud winner of six Reader’s Choice Awards.

THE STONE CROCK RESTAURANT 1396 King Street N., St. Jacobs 519-664-2286 www.stjacobs.com

Serving home-style comfort since 1975; savour roasted meats, hearty soups, salad bar, our famous baked pies and breads. Lunch and evening buffet, Sunday brunch and an a la carte menu. Located in the village of St. Jacobs. Mon-Sat 7 am-8 pm; Sun 11 am-8 pm.

TWO GOBLETS EUROPEAN RESTAURANT 85 Weber Street W., Kitchener 519-749-1829 www.twogoblets.com

Over 15 kinds of Schnitzels, Hungarian Goulash, Cabbage Rolls, Pigtails, Polish Perogies, German sausages, sauerkraut, red cabbage, home made Apple Strudel and cakes. German Bier. Best Schnitzel house in town!

WILD WING

715 Fischer Hallman Road, Kitchener 519-742-9464

Wild Wing Restaurants.... “where saddles meet the seas!” Come in and try one of our 101 different flavours of wings! Fully licensed and great for family get togethers, or dropping by after the game. GO AHEAD, COME IN AND GO WILD!

RETAIL / SHOPPING BY HAND AND FIRE - POTTERY & GIFTS

91 Caroline Street S., Waterloo 519-568-8161 www.byhandandfire.com

If you are a fan of handmade & painted BUNZLAUER KERAMIK then you should visit our store during the Festival! We carry the biggest selection of Pottery in Canada and are located right here in UpTown Waterloo, ON. We carry mugs, teapots, plates, platters, bowls, baking dishes, casseroles, canisters, Pancake Ladies, Christmas ornaments etc, in TRADITIONAL, UNIKAT and SIGNED PATTERNS. BUNZLAUER POTTERY, also known as POLISH POTTERY, is OVEN, MICROWAVE & DISHWASHER SAFE. We also carry Silver Baltic Amber & Larimar Jewellery. Show your Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Pass and receive 15% off any regular priced item. Store Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - CLOSED.

FAIRVIEW PARK MALL

2960 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener 519-894-2450 www.fairviewpark.ca

With more than 130 name brand stores and services to choose from, Fairview Park has been Waterloo Region’s preferred shopping destination for over 40 years. Shoppers are invited to explore the fashion centre and its extraordinary array of fine apparel, accessories, great gifts, home décor, and much more. You can also visit us online at fairviewpark.ca

ST. JACOBS FARMERS MARKET

878 Weber Street N., Box 443, Waterloo 519-747-1830 www.stjacobs.com

Two minutes south of the Village of St. Jacobs, explore the abundance of meats & cheese, fresh produce, baked goods, international delicacies, arts and crafts, quilts, home furnishings and spectacular flea market; plus buskers, pony and kiddie rides at Canada`s largest farmer`s market! Farm-fresh fun for the entire family. Sunday Market 10 am - 4 pm; Thu & Sat Year Round 7am-3:30pm.

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LOCAL REGIONAL DELICACIES Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is famous for colourful sights and oom-pah-pah sounds…but let’s not forget the delightful scents and mouthwatering tastes! Mmmm…. German cuisine is served up throughout Kitchener-Waterloo.

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ungry visitors – take a tour of the town • Famous rollbratten (pork) and spätzel with a stop at each of the German (noodles) are a true feast for the taste buds, Clubs, festhallen and event locations. under the watchful preparations of the ladies Dining Each offer an array of traditional, hearty fare and gentlemen at Hubertushaus. such as sausages and sauerkraut, pigtails, hendl (chicken), • Schnitzel, if you are craving lightly breaded filets of spätzle (noodles), baked pretzels, strudel and much, much pork. The Schwaben Club is famous for its more! Schnitzel and welcomes visitors for dinner while out Want the inside scoop on some of these tasty morsels? ‘festing’. Try: • Pigtails, piled high on platters, are a staple at the • First hand bliss at the Alpine Club with fresh baked Transylvania Club. This club prepares this delicacy flaky pastry enveloping local orchard sweetness… and many other authentic German recipes. their apple strudel is to die for! Need a snack between polkas? Nothing beats a baked • Comfort food that takes the chill out of the autumn air pretzel with zesty Oktoberfest mustard to get you back when you head to Concordia Club for their Bavarian on your feet! Wherever you roam, you are sure to find Buffet – yummy cabbage rolls and fresh Oktoberfest something to satisfy your hunger for German cuisine at sausage loaded with German wine sauerkraut. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.

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Board of Directors

2010 KITCHENER-WATERLOO OKTOBERFEST K-W OKTOBERFEST INC. would like to thank its 420 volunteers who give so generously of their time and talent throughout the year to make Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival. Paul Buttinger President Acco Group

Mark Kreller Past President Eyelight Creative Marketing Services

Vic Degutis 1st Vice-President Waterloo Catholic District Shool Board

Harry Vogt 2nd Vice-President, Nelco Mechanical Ltd.

Andrew Roth Secretary Miller Thomson LLP

Aaron Gillespie Treasurer Deloitte & Touche LLP

Jo-Anne Griffin Director, Event Productions Centre In The Square

Krystal Darling Director, Family & Cultural Events Tri-Mach Group Inc.

Mike Abbott Director, Festhallen Support Abbocom Communications

Jack Bishop Director, Fundraising Dentist / Oktoberfest Past President

Brenda Fisher Director, KWO Productions BMF Leasing Inc.

Dave MacNeil Director, Marketing CTV

Scott Henderson Director, Marketing Productions Scallan Events Inc.

Jean Weiler Director, Parade Businesswoman

Larry Blundell Executive Director K-W Oktoberfest Inc.

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Tracy Van Kalsbeek Sharon Hales Guy Exley Kelly Strome Mark Eamer Lorraine Cress Bill Creighton Kevin Schmitt Mark Kreller Emily Lowther Tim Hattle Miranda O’Sullivan Courtney Shantz Aaron Gillespie Stefan Schuster Theresa Mendler Rick Prack Bob Foster Allan Cayenne Rick McDonald Jack Bishop Cindy Coombes Mike Stranz Brad Matthews Vicky Kaye Jackie Herrgott Deb Blundell-Docherty Harry Vogt Nancy Koebel Mike Farwell Henning Grumme Greg Blundell Mike Gentile Wendy Schuster Megan Harris Margo Jones

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A Blooming Affair Accreditation Advertising Archives Audit Buttons Ceremonies Conventions Corporate Sponsorship Design Downtown Production Family & Cultural Events - CP Family & Cultural Events – EP Finance Gemuetlichkeit German Heritage Hospitality Lottery Marketing Maypole Merchandising Miss Oktoberfest Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball Oktoberfest Golf Experience Oktoberfest Idol Onkel Hans Food Drive Onkel Hans Operator Relations Parade Public Relations President's Invitational Luncheon Schools Treasure Hunt Volunteer Golf Tournament Volunteers Women of the Year

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation Best Western St. Jacobs Country Inn Impact Events Group Arca Financial Group Inc. Hemmerich, Flanagan, Kratz & Eamer LLP Scotiabank CTV Delta Air Systems Eyelight Creative Marketing Services The Waterloo Region Record Hattle Framing Inc. Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty Research In Motion Deloitte & Touche LLP Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast Allan Pipe Fabricators Scallan Events Inc.

Dentist / Oktoberfest Past President Goliger’s Travel Plus BDO Dunwoody Investors Group

CIBC Manulife Financial Nelco Mechanical Ltd. Freedom 55 Financial 570 News CKWR FM 98.5, Oktoberfest Past President Waterloo Regional Police Services Personalized Investments Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo Catholic District School Board www.oktoberfest.ca 47


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A Blooming Affair Fashion Show Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

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ake to the runway for an entertaining evening of fashion and fun! Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest – A Blooming Affair Fashion Show seamlessly brings together fashion, elegance and style. This popular event attracts over 900 people annually, and features exciting fall and winter fashions for ladies, men and children! It’s your opportunity to view an outstanding collection ranging from casual wear to the most elegant formal attire, from many of the Region’s leading retailers. available through Hans Haus or online at Come discover the newest fashion trends for the www.oktoberfest.ca. upcoming season and enjoy the Boulevard of Boutiques A Blooming Affair Fashion Show for browsing and shopping. A Blooming Affair Fashion Show takes place Wednesday, October 6, 2010 on Wednesday, October 6th at 7:30 pm, in the 6:30 pm Boulevard of Boutiques, Ballroom at Bingemans, in Kitchener. 7:30 pm Fashion Show Advance tickets are recommended for this A Blooming Affair Bingemans, Ballroom popular event at $35 per ticket. Tickets are 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener

Rogers Women of the Year K-W Oktoberfest

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he K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year awards ceremony recognizes women from all walks of life, who have made a difference in the community and in the lives of others. The evening brings into the spotlight outstanding women from the Region of Waterloo, recognizing their talents, commitment and achievements by presenting awards in eight categories: - Arts & Culture - Community Service - Entrepreneur - Health & Wellness Women of - Lifetime Achievement the Year - Professional - Sports & Recreation - Young Adult The K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year recognizes and honours all nominees, not just the winners. Each nominee, regardless of the category, reaches out and touches the lives of others in some way, every day and 48 www.oktoberfest.ca

women all over Waterloo Region are reminded just how much their community appreciates their contributions and commitments. Tickets are $40 and are available through Hans Haus (519-570-4267 x233) or online at www.oktoberfest.ca.

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Thanksgiving Day Parade KITCHENER-WATERLOO OKTOBERFEST

Join us for Canada’s greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade on Monday, October 11, 2010

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t has often been said that everyone loves a parade Chris St. Clair from the Weather Network. and those in attendance at our spectacular After the Parade, bring the whole family to Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Parade experience the music, tempting food and beverages Day Parade are no exception. Over 150,000 people and kids activities during Family Day at some of line the 5 km parade route along King Street to see the our Festhallen. For details refer to page 34 of this many colourful floats, marching bands and special entries FestGuide or visit www.oktoberfest.ca. that are part of this annual event. Some of the featured bands include the Burlington Teen Tour Band, the Kitchener Fire Honour Guard Pipe and Drums, the Northstar Drum Corps and the Preston Scout House Band. Bleacher seating is available for $8 a person. Share in the spirit of Thanksgiving by helping the community with the Onkel Hans Food Drive. Bring your non-perishable food items to the Parade and volunteers will gather them. If you can’t join us in person, the CTV network broadcasts the Parade nationwide to an estimated audience of 2 million viewers. Check your local TV listings for air times. Our celebrity judges are: Lawrence Bingeman, and

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ho is that big, lovable orange guy you’ve seen around the festival? Onkel Hans is the Official Mascot of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest and our Goodwill Ambassador. As the mascot, you will see his smiling face on buttons, pins, t-shirts, brochures, steins and other souvenirs! Created in 1974, Onkel Hans has come to symbolize the spirit of the Festival, with his jolly disposition and a warm smile for everyone he meets. During Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, Onkel Hans is sure to make an appearance at each of the festhallen and the many Family & Cultural Events in the region. He even appears ‘larger than life’ in the Annual Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. He keeps busy throughout the remainder of the year, visiting special events to spread happiness and cheer. As a representative of the Kitchener-Waterloo community, Onkel Hans has attended the Calgary Stampede, the Molson Indy,

Miss Oktoberfest

Quebec Winter Carnival and Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Although he’s busy during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, Onkel Hans always has time to stop for a smile, a handshake, or even a photo – he looks forward to welcoming you! Follow Onkel Hans on Facebook and on Twitter! Supported by:

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iss Oktoberfest is our second most requested VIP, surpassed only by Onkel Hans. Miss Oktoberfest is a favourite among the thousands of school children she comes in contact with during the festival, through the Miss Oktoberfest Schools Program and family events. Making over 125 appearances each year, including the Thanksgiving Day Parade, she is an ambassador Gala Ball promoting this area’s unique German heritage; while increasing national and international interest in our community. As in previous years, a talented young lady from the Kitchener-Waterloo area will be chosen to be our community’s Ambassador during this year’s KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest and throughout the coming year. Miss Oktoberfest 2010 will be chosen at the Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball held on Friday, October 1st at Bingemans. Tickets are $125 (+HST) per person and

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Willkommen Platz!

The heart of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is Willkommen Platz, a bustling 'Bavarian Village" in downtown Kitchener that captures the essence of a Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Experience! Willkommen Platz, located just steps away from Hans Haus, brings all the best of Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival, with FREE live entertainment on the Children's Stage sponsored by Westjet, mouth-watering food, all your favourite souvenirs and even a Bier Garten. This year Willkommen Platz is proudly supported by DAVE FM and Stockie Mitsubishi. Come to our downtown headquarters for all your festival

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leven years ago, the Ontario government instituted German Pioneers Day to recognize the achievements of German pioneers in shaping Ontario’s development. This year, the German Pioneers Day event will take place on October 12 at 5:00 pm in the rotunda of the Kitchener City Hall. For over 200 years German immigrants found their way to Waterloo County. A big portion of the population in Kitchener and the surrounding municipalities are of German descent. They left difficult circumstances behind to build a new life in Canada for themselves and their children. They found strength and comfort in the practice of their cultural traditions, and applied their work ethic, skills, and enterprise to develop Waterloo County and Ontario. Thus they helped shape the character of our region as a confident, tolerant, and multicultural community with all its wonderful diversity and agricultural resources and riches. This year, the German Pioneers Day committee is recognizing the Schoerg and Betzner families, who were

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information and a total Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest experience in one location for those who can’t make it out to the various festhallen venues. It’s fun for the whole family, open daily throughout the festival! Enjoy the sights and sounds of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest at Willkommen Platz!

the original Mennonite settlers in Waterloo County, and the Scholtes family, who became leaders in the development of musical and choral entertainment, and the Heffner family, who have become a major contributor to regional arts and German culture. You are invited to attend this celebration of our Region’s German heritage as members of the third largest ethnic group in Canada.

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The experience!

KITCHENER-WATERLOO OKTOBERFEST Few people would argue that Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has made a tremendous impact on the community over the past 42 years! Whether it’s contributing to the community, celebrating our German-Canadian heritage, bringing together thousands of volunteers, or taking Oktoberfest across the province, the festival offers a true Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Experience!

Giving Back to the Community!

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a community-based Bavarian Festival that is committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Kitchener-Waterloo. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is the third most recognized event among Canadians and, for Kitchener-Waterloo, the festival is a binding element in our community. It’s an opportunity to gather and celebrate – a ritual observed with great enthusiasm and pride. On Thanksgiving morning, you will find over 150,000 people lining the parade route, where ecstatic children, neighbourly greetings and hot chocolate are regular fixtures. Kick up your heels at a festhalle, sample some schnitzel, or dig into a pancake breakfast – you’ll do so among some of the 700,000 folks who take part in the festival each year. The positive vibes

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at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest are undeniable – and contagious. The positive effects are also relayed in terms of economics. A recent study found Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has a $21 million economic impact on the region. Over the last 42 years an average of $1.5 million has been generated annually for notfor-profit groups, equaling over $60 million in funding for ice arenas, swimming pools, social clubs, parks and social welfare facilities. Over the last 15 years over 1.1 million lbs of food have been collected at the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade! Over the years tens of millions of visitors and locals have come to the Kitchener-Waterloo region to celebrate the spirit of Gemütlichkeit, explore our community and enjoy a real Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Experience!


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Get Your Tracht On – What to wear at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest They are impossible to miss – those handsome men in long, woolen stockings and leather shorts held up by sturdy suspenders with intricate pewter fastenings, and sporting hats with feathery plumes. Or the fair maidens in their low–cut gathered white blouses with flowing skirts topped with colourful aprons. Whether they are twirling around the Festhallen floors, or serving you pints of frosty beer, during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest these delightful outfits, based on authentic German costumes, become the height of fashion. The Tracht you will see throughout Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, like most costumes, has dozens of variations and styles. The most commonly recognized attire includes the dirndl; a closefitting bodice combined with an apron in a different colour, for women, and lederhosen; shorts made from leather and wool, for men. Although the traditional clothing is often costly, it is easy to ‘get your tracht on’ for a smaller budget! Grab an Oktoberfest hat, adorned with colourful feather plumes, or an Oktoberfest t-shirt sporting phrases like “I fear no beer at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest”. For a few dollars more, add a glass shooter around your neck, or a funny chicken hat – great for all the dancing you will be doing at the festhallen celebrations! Of course, no matter what style or outfit you choose, the final must-have to ‘get your tracht on’ this year is the commemorative pin. These pins are just one of the many traditions of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Collect them or trade them because the more you have – the more you want!

RIDE With Us! Here’s to Responsible Choices! Good times, good friends, and good cheer!

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is proud to host the Free-Ride program. For the 25th year, Molson, in conjunction with Grand River Transit, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and our participating Festhallen, will provide free bus rides on both festival weekends in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. It’s a safe, convenient way for you to get home after a night of partying. Bus schedule information is available from the Festhallen.

If you plan to drive, take part in the Pepsi Designated Driver Program, available at most Festhallen. Simply register when you arrive, then enjoy drinking free Pepsi during your stay. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is also continuing the tradition of safety by providing financial support to the Waterloo Regional Police for their RIDE program. It is part of our commitment to make sure all of our guests get home safely. An estimated 8,000 drivers, who successfully pass through a RIDE checkpoint during the Festival will receive a booklet jam-packed with gift vouchers and discount coupons provided by our many sponsors. You will also be eligible to win valuable prizes in a draw held at the end of the Festival. We, along with our corporate sponsors Economical Insurance Group and CAA, are proud to be paving the way for your safety. Please don’t drink and drive!

The Spirit of Giving!

Have you ever thought about the logistics of hosting over 700,000 participants during a nine-day international festival promoting the spirit of Gemütlichkeit? Although K-W Oktoberfest Inc. employs eight full-time staff, the Festival would not be possible without the dedication of our 420 volunteers, who help to stage Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival! Since 1969, our constant growth and success promoting a unique German heritage experience is a testament to our dynamic volunteers.

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Congratulations to our 2009 Volunteers of the Year!

Lorraine Cress

Lorraine Cress joined Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest in 1985, starting with the Coin Committee, acting as its Chair from 1999 until 2003 when the committee disbanded. Her commitment to the Festival did not end there however, and Lorraine was transferred to the Lottery Committee and still serves that worthy community program today. Lorraine has also served on the Advisory Council, as Vice-Chair of the Volunteer Committee (2007), and on the Board of Directors from 1999 – 2003. Her wonderful dedication and experience made Lorraine an excellent candidate to take the helm of the Buttons Committee in 2008. When not working on the Festival, Lorraine is in financial planning with ScotiaBank. Over the last 24 years, Lorraine’s positive attitude and constant willingness to help and guide are what make Lorraine an excellent resource for other volunteers and a tremendous asset to the Festival.

Paul Hauck

For the past 22 years, Paul Hauck has been rolling up his sleeves as a member of the Parade Committee; annually producing the largest Thanksgiving Day Parade in Canada! Since first joining the Parade Marshaling subcommittee in 1986, Paul has proven to be a dedicated volunteer and is considered a real ‘work-horse’ by his fellow committee members. Paul has served in almost all aspects of the Parade, both as a volunteer and as a coordinator, including Marshaling, Float Construction & Float Maintenance, Parade Warehouse and the Parade Executive, on which Paul has served as Vice-Chair since 2005. When he’s not thinking about the Parade, Paul is helping out with the Volunteer Golf Tournament. When

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he’s not building floats Paul works for Maple Leaf Foods (Schneiders). A quiet and friendly person, Paul is known to be found anywhere and everywhere when it comes to the Parade and Volunteer Golf Tournament.

Jane Jantzi

Since first joining the festival in 1996, Jane Jantzi has been instrumental in the growth of the A Blooming Affair Fashion Show into the successful event it is today. From 1996 to 2007 Jane was a vibrant and enthusiastic member of the committee, particularly in the years she served as Committee Chair (2001-2004). Jane always ensured all the volunteers had clear objectives and led the committee with both strategy and action, and Jane remains the number one best ticket seller for that event! Jane also served the overall Festival as a member of the Board of Directors (2001-2004), the Advisory Council (20042006) and the Community Advisory Council (20072009). Jane is a Senior Manager of Business Development at Deloitte. She is a respected leader, a consummate professional, and is admired and looked-upto by her fellow volunteers.


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We bring the party to you KITCHENER-WATERLOO OKTOBERFEST ALL YEAR ROUND

Let the “Spirit of Gemütlichkeit” continue year round! Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is taking the KWO Experience out into the world by bringing Oktoberfest to you! Why not launch your convention or function with some ‘oompah-pah’ or bid ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to your guests with a Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest themed party?

CONVENTIONS & BUS TOURS

Whether it’s for a group of 30 or 3,000, we can customize an Oktoberfest themed event that promises fun, good times and above all, a successful and memorable event for you and your guests! Use an Oktoberfest theme for your next awards night, fundraiser, retirement party, client appreciation event or convention. We can give your bus tour something to cheer about with a stop at one of our German-Canadian Clubs for an Oktoberfest experience any time of year!

DECORATING & ENTERTAINMENT

Step into a genuine Bavarian Festhalle atmosphere! Our team can decorate your venue to give your guests the feeling of walking into an authentic festhalle! We can also arrange award winning Bavarian Bands with a repertoire of polkas, waltzes and contemporary music to suit any audience. Add a Bavarian Folk Dance Group for some traditional flavour in your entertainment!

GREETINGS & CEREMONIES

Your guests will be welcomed in the true spirit of Gemütlichkeit by our volunteers dressed in traditional Bavarian ‘tracht,’ and will receive a souvenir upon entering! Official Keg Tapping Ceremonies are the highlight of our annual Festival and our re-enactment will create a sensation at your event! Two of your guests can even assist our ‘Keepers of the Keg’ in the tapping, then all guests can fill their steins with a sample and raise up a toast with a traditional cheer of “Ein Prosit!” Official greetings from our President, Miss Oktoberfest and our Ambassador Onkel Hans add to the festivities, all under the guidance of our master of ceremonies!

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Contact us for more information about details and pricing!

K-W Oktoberfest Inc. 17 Benton Street, Kitchener, ON N2G 3G9 1-888-294-HANS or 519-570-4267 x 322 conventions@oktoberfest.ca


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Guten Tag!

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When you visit Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, you will experience the Gemuetlichkeit of our Festival and our German heritage and culture, which includes: meeting wonderful people, sampling delicious food and drinks, dancing to traditional music and learning new words and phrases such as...

Guten Tag – Greeting: Good day, Hello

toast often overheard at Oktoberfest.

Prost! – A toast, “Cheers”, you will hear this in Festhallen everywhere

Festhallen – Halls throughout Kitchener-Waterloo where the celebrations take place

Auf Wiedersehen – Good bye, till next time

Frau - woman

Fraulein - young woman (not married) Herr - gentleman

Ich liebe Dich - I love you (best not to say it to a Frau or Fraulein when her Herr is nearby!)

Brezn - A delicious pretzel that whets the appetite for another cold beer. Eins, zwei, G'suffa! - “One, two, drink!” a German

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Ein Bier bitte – One beer please

Wurst – Sausage on a bun with sauerkraut is one of many food items found on the menus of the local German Clubs and Festhallen Schnitzel – Pork Schnitzel on a bun or served with potato salad and a pickle is another popular food item served through Oktoberfest

Bird Dance – Ask anyone you meet at Oktoberfest, no matter what age, they will tell you, and maybe even demonstrate for you


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Greatest Bavarian Festival BE CHOSEN THE FACE OF CANADA’S

• Be chosen as the “face” of Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival 2010 • Watch for official SNAP photographers at KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest events and Festhallen! • A new photo winner selected everyday! • Visit www.oktoberfest.ca to find out where you can “GET SNAP’d” or to see if you won a prize! • All winning photos are published in the November Issue of SNAP K-W available in 150 locations across K-W! • Contest runs October 7 – 16, 2010

I Got SNAP’d!

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 - JANUARY 23, 2011 Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition takes you on a journey back in time to experience the legend of Titanic like never before. The galleries in this fascinating show features over 150 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room re-creations and personal stories; each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of Titanic’s maiden voyage. 10 King Street West Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3 519-749-9387

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OUR GERMAN HERITAGE

From legend to legacy

KITCHENER-WATERLOO OKTOBERFEST The legend of King Ludwig’s wedding to Princess Therese is well known as the origin of the Oktoberfest tradition. Stories of horse races, country fairs and beer halls have given way to a modern interpretation with barrel races, rock concerts and festhallen.

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ust like the legend that turned into a modern-day reality, so has Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest gone through a four-decade transformation from a small community event, hosted by the Lions Club, into a nationally recognized festival. Where today there is a cast of thousands, at its inception on October 14, 1969 at Bingemans there were only a handful of dedicated Oktoberfest organizers, among them Richard Hermansen, Owen Lackenbauer and Darwin Clay. With a banner over King Street, posters here and there, and as much media coverage as could be mustered, the keg was tapped and history had been made. "We got the enthusiastic support of the German clubs and a tourism official from Munich, Germany. All we had was $200 and a vote of confidence from the Chamber to get it going. It was a phenomenal success,” recalled Lackenbauer. The success translated into 75,000 visitors enjoying 57,000 gallons of Bavarian-hopped Oktoberfest beer brewed for the occasion and washing down over 50,000 pounds of sausages, along with pigtails, sauerkraut and other German and Waterloo County fare. Those early years reveal the significant evolution the festival has experienced, but one that has been true to the founders’ intentions for Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival. According to long-time volunteer Jack Bishop, what has stayed constant is the tremendous amount of money that goes back into the community. "Service clubs have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars each year since the beginning, and turn around and give it to various organizations in the community. That’s an untold story that the general population may not realize. And for the German clubs, the money goes back into their clubs to carry on their rich cultural heritage." The festival represents a wonderful combination of

those old traditions and long-time practices, with new initiatives to engage a modern audience. A beloved mascot Onkel Hans takes on the role of host, and a web site replaces royal decree. But through the decades the spirit of Gemütlichkeit has remained the overwhelming motivation. The general consensus is that King Ludwig and Therese would be pleased. *With contributions from The Waterloo Region Record

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Since 1969, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has developed many traditions, becoming the largest Bavarian festival in North America with the greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade in Canada. Schneiders is proud to have been a supporter and partner of Oktoberfest since the beginning. Our popular, signature Oktoberfest sausage is the only true Oktoberfest sausage made in Canada!

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Oktoberfest FestGuide 2010  
Oktoberfest FestGuide 2010  

Annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Festival publication - filled with information about the festival and the history of Oktoberfest!

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