Oktoberfest

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2019 Annual Fort Benning Oktoberfest Open to the Public*

Oktoberfest, Fort Benning’s favorite fall tradition, returns to Uchee Creek Friday through Sunday, Oct 18-20, 2019. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy traditional German music (including Sonnenschein Express, Bavarian Yodelers, and the MCoE Band,) authentic German food and brews, games for all ages, pumpkin patch, pontoon boat rides, hayrides, carnival rides (Ferris wheel, tea cups, merry-go-round), a cross country 10K, 5K and a Volksmarch.

 

This event is fun for the whole family, pet friendly and open to the public! Admission is $5 per person per day for guests 18 and older. Younger guests will not be charged admission but must be accompanied by an adult. Admission fees can be paid in cash or credit. Civilians are reminded they do not have to acquire a post access pass for this event if they use the Highway 165 entrance to Uchee Creek.

 

This event includes the annual Oktoberfest 10K Cross Country Challenge Saturday, Oct. 19 (with a 5K Family Fun Run and a Volksmarch, details below.) This  challenging 10K course winds deeply into the wooded hills around Uchee Creek. This event is open to the public. Register for $30 at Smith Fitness Center or online at Active.com. Registration on site on race day will be $40, starting at 7am. The race starts at 9am.
 

Shuttle service will be available to and from Oktoberfest on post Saturday only. Pets are not permitted on the shuttle.

 

Oktoberfest vendors accept only tokens for the purchase of food. Wristbands (for admission) and tokens, $1 each, are available Oct 1-17 at Building 228 on Kilgore Street, Outdoor Recreation on Gillespie, and at Uchee Creek, or you can purchase them at the event. Unused tokens can be redeemed for full value.

 

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*All information is subject to change

Schedule of Events, subject to change

This schedule is subject to change as the event draws near.

 

Friday, Oct 18

4-10pm : Food and beverages available

4-8pm : Limited children’s activities (inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides, quad jump, Ferris wheel, tea cups, merry-go round)

4-9pm : Games and contests in the Biergarten for ages 21 and older

4-8pm : Quad jump

4-10pm: Carnival rides

In the Fest Tent

4-6pm: Bavarian Yodelers and Sonnenschein Express

6pm: Keg tapping ceremony

6:30-8:20pm: Bavarian Yodelers

7:30pm and 8:20pm: Stein Hoisting

8:40-10pm: Sonnenschein Express and Bavarian Yodelers

 

Saturday, Oct 19

7-8:45am: Registration for 5K and 10K

9am: Kia 10K Cross Country Challenge, 5K Family Fun Run, Volksmarch follows

10am-8pm: Children’s activities, including hay rides, quad jump, Krazy Hair, face painting, pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables, library activities

10am-10pm: Carnival rides, food and beverages available

Noon: Canine Competitions, including Best Dressed, Doggie Doppelganger, Top Dog Trick

1pm: Dachshund Derby

Noon-5pm: Pontoon Boat Rides

2pm: Keg Tossing Contest

11am-10:30pm: Shuttle Service on post

In the Fest Tent

10am-noon: Recorded music

Noon-7:40pm: Bavarian Yodelers, MCoE Band and Sonnenschein Express

4pm and 5:20pm: Stein Hoisting Preliminaries

7:40: Stein Hoisting Final

8-10pm: Bavarian Yodelers and Sonnenschein Express

 

Sunday, Oct 20

10am-6pm: Food and beverages available, carnival rides, Quad Jump, children’s activities, hay rides, pumpkin patch, inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides, quad jump, library activities

Noon-5pm: Pontoon boat rides

12:20-4pm: Drum circle, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off

In the Fest Tent

11am-noon: Non-denominational Crossroads Chapel Service (no admission fee required, ask your worship leader for a wristband)

Noon-6pm: Recorded music, Sonnenschein Express and Bavarian Yodelers

Admission

Admission is $5 per person per day for guests 18 and older.  Younger guests will not be charged admission but must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Admission fees can be paid in cash, credit, debit or tokens.

 

Guests who purchase a wristband in advance can enter the event through the Express Lane. Wristbands and tokens are available Oct 1-17 at Building 228 on Kilgore Street, Tickets & Travel in the Commissary Mall and Uchee Creek. Tokens are also available on site. 

 

Civilians are reminded they do not have to acquire a post access pass for this event if they use the Highway 165 entrance to Uchee Creek.

 

Please note: Those who attend the 11am Sunday worship service in the Fest Tent are not required to pay an admission fee. On post church leaders will distribute wristbands before the event. Be sure to ask your chapel staff!

Hoist a Stein, Win $500!

Raise a glass of your favorite German brew … and hold it there just as long as you can. You might just win $500! This event, for novice hoisters only, pits men against men and women against women for a chance to win $500 in cash. Open to the public. Participants must be at least 21 years old. MWR employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate. The entry fee is $20.

Rules:

• Participants must be 21 or older and must present ID

• A 1L glass stein will be provided, filled with Hofbrauhaus Freising draft beer. The stein itself weighs approximately 3.5lbs.

• Stein will be filled to 1L lip with beer.

• Stein must be gripped by the handle.

• Thumb may not go on top of the stein handle, it must rest on the other fingers.

• Pinkie finger may be held outside of the handle.

• Arching of the back is allowable, however excessive leaning is unacceptable.

• The stein must be gripped such that the front of the stein faces away from the competitor (the stein can't be gripped sideways).

• Stein must be held out in front of the competitor, not out to the side.

• The arm holding the stein must remain close to parallel with the floor and should be extended straight with very little bending at the elbow.

• The off-hand should remain at the competitor's side and should not be used to support the body.

• An infraction of any rule will result in a strike. After two strikes, the third infraction leads to elimination of the competitor.

• If any amount of beer spills or drips off of the stein, the competitor is eliminated, regardless of the number of previously assigned strikes. During outdoor competitions or humid conditions, judges will differentiate between dripping resulting from condensation and dripping resulting from beer spillage.

• Competitors should not contact any structures, objects or people during the competition.

• Competitors must stand within their personal area and should not move more than is necessary to make adjustments ensuring proper form during the competition.

• Amateurs only. National level competitors are not eligible to participate.

 

• There will be two prelims Friday evening, three during Saturday, finals will be held Saturday night

Friday Stein Hoisting Schedule:

Registration 4:30-8pm

Preliminary Round #1,  7:30 – 7:50pm  (limit 20 competitors)

Preliminary Round #2,  8:20 – 8:40pm (limit 20 competitors)

 

Saturday Stein Hoisting Schedule:

Registration 1-5pm

Preliminary Round #3, 4-4:20pm (limit 20 competitors)

Preliminary Round #4,  5:20-5:40pm (limit 20 competitors)

Championship Round 7:40-8pm

Oktoberfest 10K and 5K Fun Run, Volksmarch
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Saturday starts at 9am with the annual Oktoberfest 10K Cross Country Challenge sponsored by Kia Autosport Columbus. The dirt route winds deep into the wooded hills around Uchee Creek.

 

The 5K Family Fun Run is a bit more accommodating.

 

These events are open to the public.

 

Register by Oct 17 at Smith Fitness Center or online at Active.com. The 10K is $30; the 5K is $10. (The Volksmarch is free. Registration is not required.)

 

Prizes and t-shirts are awarded only to paid participants.

 

Registration on site on race day increases by $10 for each race, starting at 7am. The race starts at 9am. This event also includes a stroller-friendly, dog-friendly Volksmarch, which starts right after the 10K starts. No registration required.

 

Canine Competitions
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This event is fun for the whole family and pet friendly!  We host a number of canine competitions, including the Dachshund Derby, Best Dressed, Doggie Doppelgangers and Top Dog Trick

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get there?

Use our free MyBaseGuide smart phone app for directions. You do not have to enter Fort Benning or acquire a post access pass for this event. Uchee Creek is easily accessed from 165 in Alabama. We will offer a free shuttle service Saturday to and from select on post locations. No pets allowed on the shuttle. Must show an ID to ride shuttle.

 

Can we bring coolers/refreshments?

No outside food and beverages are permitted at this event.

 

What kind of food do you serve?

You name it: Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Landjaeger, Meterwurst, Kraut, pretzels and potato salad, chicken, fries, corn dogs, hamburgers, BBQ, turkey legs and much more! Desserts include cookies, cakes, crepes, funnel cakes, kettle corn, candy apples, Italian ice and more. Wash it all down with your favorite brew or a soda.

 

Is the event handicap friendly?

This event is physically accessible to individuals with disabilities. Make requests for sign language interpretation or other accommodations to 706-545-4499.

 

Why do I need tokens? Do I need money?

For their safety and convenience, our food and beverage vendors only accept tokens. Purchase tokens weekdays at Building 228 on Kilgore Street, Outdoor Recreation, or at Uchee Creek. You can also purchase them on site, using cash, credit or debit. Redeem unused tokens after the event for full value.

 

When you say kids’ activities are free, do you mean they’re free?

Actually, yes. They’ll enjoy those inflatable bounce houses, a quad jump, petting zoo, carnival rides, hay rides and the pumpkin patch, arts and crafts and games, and it won’t cost you a dime.

 

And for the big kids?

Adults will enjoy competitions like the annual Dachshund Derby, keg tossing and the stein hoisting contest. You’ll also enjoy free boat rides, carnival rides, entertainment in the fest tent and Biergarten, and lots of dancing. At some point, you might do the chicken dance.

 

What if it rains?

It’s on. Grab a beer and head into the Fest Tent.

 

Where can I learn more?

You can't. You are already well-armed with all that really matters. You could Google it and prove me wrong, but nothing good could come of that.

What's on the Menu?

Stay tuned!

 

 

Vendor Opportunities

More than 31,000 people attend the Oktoberfest celebration annually on Fort Benning. We welcome a variety of vendors to this event, including those who sell foods of all kinds, beverages and souvenirs. For information on vending opportunity at MWR events, call 706-545-8302 or 706-527-8349.

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

Danke to our fabulous sponsors, including, AFBN, USAA, Synovous, Wells Fargo and Kia Auto Sport!

Oktoberfest brings more than 31,000 people to Fort Benning over a three-day period. This is a great opportunity to engage with the Fort Benning community and our neighbors from around the Chattahoochee Valley. For information on sponsorship, call 706-545-4559.