The Stafford Oktoberfest will be held on Oct. 1 in Stafford. Everything from arts and crafts to Wiener Dog Races is on the line-up for the day.
The day begins promptly at 8 a.m. at the SHS football field with a 5K Fun Run and a two mile walk sponsored by the Stafford Educational Foundation. Open until Sept. 26, registration forms may be downloaded at http://staffordrec.com or from the Stafford Recreation Commission, 107 E Broadway. Entry fee is $12; t-shirts are guaranteed with pre-registration.
Downtown at Main and Broadway, available by 8 a.m., the Oktoberfest Booth will have hot coffee and Krispee Kreme Donuts. Buttons, t-shirts, schedules for the day’s events and tickets to the Greg Classeen Ventriloquist Show will also be available at the booth.
Cars and motorcycles will be displayed on the street to compete for awards and prizes. For registration forms call 620-546-698, 620-234-6983 or online at www.oktoberfestcarshow.weebly.com
The 22nd annual Oktoberfest Parade begins at 10:30 a.m.; at noon, entertainment on the Main Stage begins. Between the two, there’ll be a Ping Pong Ball Drop at the corner of Main and Broadway. Every numbered ball will match with a prize--some big, some small.
Kids will love the inflatable rides that are coming to town.
Various kinds of tasty food and drink will be available downtown throughout the day as well as a Barbecue Contest at 4 p.m., sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion. At 11:30 a.m. the American Legion Riders plan a Poker Run.
Wiener dogs will run races, starting at 4 p.m. Find this event on facebook and at www. Oktoberfest StaffordKansas.com.
Entertaining at 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre will be ventriloquist, Greg Claassen. He and his “friends” have performed on stage in Las Vegas, Disney World and Branson, Mo., as well as around Kansas. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at Farmer’s National Bank or Freund’ Crafts and Flowers. Purchase tickets with an Oktoberfest button for $5 or without a button for $8.