K-W Oktoberfest: A Staple when Living in Waterloo Ontario

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K-W Oktoberfest: A Staple when Living in Waterloo Ontario

What a wonderful time to be living in Waterloo Ontario.  It is fall.  The trees are full of bright vibrant colors, the air is taking on a chill, and the much awaited Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest will be kicking off very soon.

While the name Oktoberfest often makes people think of dancing polkas, drinking schnapps or German beer, or wearing lederhosen, our Oktoberfest offers other opportunities for celebrating the season for anyone living in Waterloo Ontario or beyond. This article will help you discover events that you’ve probably never tried before.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for October 10 and you can join President of Oktoberfest, Harry Vogt, as he taps the keg.  This is the traditional start of nine days of fun and celebration.  You won’t want to miss a second of it.  If you are new to Waterloo, it might be difficult to decide which events are best for you and your family. Below are just a few of the events that you can look forward to, now that you are living in Waterloo Ontario.

Victorian Thanksgiving.The gorgeous Woodside National Historic Site is like a look back in time, and each year during Oktoberfest, the facility is transformed into a traditional Thanksgiving scene.  This is the perfect backdrop for family picnics and tours of a world gone by.

Oktoberfest Slo-Pitch Classic.Men and women go head-to-head in a slo-pitch tournament that will undoubtedly keep the audience on the edges of their seats.

Barrel Race. It simply wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without the crazy tradition of racing barrels up King Street!  Four-person teams compete for the fastest time in this laughter-filled, adrenaline-inducing event.  The top two teams walk away with prizes and, of course, bragging rights.


The barrel races at the KW Oktoberfest is open to anyone who wants to try it (and it’s harder than it looks).

Bogenschuetzenfest. Bring out the barebows and the flu flu (bows and arrows) for a competition you will remember for a lifetime.  Be one of the skilled few to knock off a piece of the Styrofoam eagle, who sits upon his 35-foot tall perch, and you will join the ranks of the SchuetzenGuilde of Archers.  If that’s not a perfect fit for you, perhaps you would rather participate in the Running Boar Tournament, which involves pulling back the bowstring and taking aim at the wild boar replica.  Shoot fast, because this little guy travels at an impressive 20 km/h.

Strongman Challenge.The contestants in this show are likely to inspire you to hit the gym.  The top ranked strongmen take to the course for a five-part annual challenge that includes the farmers walk and head-to-head tire flip.  You have to see it to believe it.

These are just a few of the activities taking place at this year’s Oktoberfest.  Kickboxing, a 5k run, and, of course, some polka dancing will keep spirits running high as people come together to enjoy the gorgeous fall season. Everyone can find something to do at this wonderful Waterloo celebration.  It’s something you won’t want to miss.

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