MINSTER – The 42nd Annual Minster Oktoberfest will feature German music, contests and varied celebrations during the event set for Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2. The Oktoberfest has grown yearly since its inception in 1975 and this year is expected to have the same result.
Long-known for their parade, the grand event is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday. This year’s parade theme is “Willkommen Freunde” which translates into “Welcome Friends.”
A new, up close look at parade entries will be available this year for the first time, according to Parade Co-Chairman Ric Hausfeld. Before the start of the parade some of the floats and units will be on display on Fourth Street between Frankfort and Hanover Streets from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
This will allow visitors a closer look, photo opportunities and to talk with participants, he said.
Hausfeld also noted there will be jugglers, people making balloon animals, superhero costumed characters, unique stationary vehicles and strolling musicians along the parade route.
Gary John Oldiges, founding member of the Minster Oktoberfest, will serve as the parade grand marshal. Oldiges is a lifelong resident of Minster.
A 1963 graduate of Minster High School, Oldiges received a degree in education degree from Miami University and his master’s degree in curriculum and supervision from Wright State University in 1974. He began his teaching career with Minster Local Schools in 1967.
In addition to teaching for 30 years, he also owned G.O. Decorating, a painting, paper hanging and refinishing furniture business for 46 years.
He and his wife, Mary, have three sons and six grandchildren.
Music acts throughout the weekend
It will be music abound as German heritage sounds will be heard from several bands. Also, country and pop music from the 60’s to the 90’s is planned.
The Chardon Polka Band will take the stage from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The band from Chardon, northeast of Cleveland, will arrive in town from a gig in Fort Knox, Kentucky, the night before.
The four-member band will play in the Spass Platz.
The Klaberheads of Hamilton will perform Saturday and Sunday during the weekend. On Saturday, they take the stage from 3:30 to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. Both performances will be at the Spass Platz.
The large ensemble will perform German and Big Band Swing era music. The family group was first established in 1930 by a great-grandfather.
Locally-based, Karma’s Pawn is scheduled for Friday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. at the Spass Platz. The six-member band has members throughout Shelby and Auglaize counties and offers country and pop music from the 60’s to the 90’s.
The Little Miss Oktoberfest contest will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Minster Knights of Columbus Hall. The winner will be announced following the contest and will be involved in opening ceremonies at noon.
The contestants include Amelia Bergman, daughter of Ted and Denise Bergman; Avery Woehrmyer, daughter of J.J. and Julie Woehrmyer; Brookyln Homan, daughter of Justin and Brittney Homan; Chloe Ranly, daughter of Brian and Michelle Ranly; Gianna Walter, daughter of Tim and Carla Walter; Jillian Hoying, daughter of Jon and Sheri Hoying; Kylie Bensman, daughter of Dale and Samantha Bensman; Lila Wilges, daughter of Travis and Nikki Wilges; Maggie Lamm, daughter of Dave and Stacie Lamm; Niyah Koch, daughter of Ricky and Amber Koch; Nora Lamm, daughter of Craig and Jamie Lamm; and Sophia Dirksen, daughter of Jeff and Lisa Dirksen.
The Minster-New Bremen Right to Life will be holding their Cutest Baby contest during the weekend. There booth will be located between Visiting Angels and Car Quest on Fourth Street.
The contest is open to anyone up to the age of three. The deadline for registration is Sept. 30 at noon. For information, contact Amy Hilgefort by calling 419-953-0956.