The arrival of October means that St. John the Apostle Parish's Oktoberfest celebration is just around the corner.
The arrival of October means that St. John the Apostle Parish’s Oktoberfest celebration is just around the corner.
The 24th annual Oktoberfest will launch Friday night, featuring live music by The Funsters, followed an entire day of festivities on Saturday.
Admission is free on both days.
Here are three more things to know about St. John’s Oktoberfest:
When Oktoberfest unfolds Friday evening, guests will be entertained by The Funsters from 6 to 10 p.m. The band has a deep and eclectic songbook that includes soul, rock ‘n’ roll and funk covers.
“Their music is great and appeals to everyone,” Oktoberfest chairwoman Bonnie DeMar said.
Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. with games galore and activities for the little ones. There will be inflatables, an obstacle course, pony rides and a petting zoo.
After the kids work up a sweat, there will be tasty food for them, and adults, to choose from at the various food booths set up in the international food court, including German, Italian, Hispanic, Polish and Filipino cuisine. There also will be American foods, such as homemade crab cakes, hamburgers, hotdogs and homemade baked desserts. Beer will be available as well.
Live on stage
The Milford Community Band (MCB) will begin Saturday’s soundtrack at 10 a.m.
MCB founder Jim Lear said some of the songs the band might perform include show tunes, a few songs from The Beatles and an armed forces medley that includes the theme songs from all five branches of the military.
The MCB has played St. John’s Oktoberfest for nearly two decades and the crowd always shows the band a lot of love, Lear said.
“They dance with the band and they applaud,” the Milford resident said. “They’ll stand in front of the band and dance back and forth and twirl around.”
Having the MCB kick off the second day of Oktoberfest is a good way of getting the party started again.
“Music is always good to get people started and energized,” DeMar said. “They start with their music and that pretty much gets people into the mood and into the festivities.”
Next on deck will be Joe Kroboth and his orchestra, which plays traditional German music. The Pennsylvania-based outfit will perform at noon.
Then there will be a performance by the local Hispanic band Holy Fire, which includes parishoners from St. John, at 4:30 p.m.
The last band to play at Oktoberfest will be Oh Boy! A Tribute to Buddy Holly, beginning at 6 p.m.
Unlike the MCB and Joe Kroboth band, the Rehoboth-based Buddy Holly band has never performed at St. John’s Oktoberfest, which should help freshen things up at the event.
“I’ve had some friends say they’ve seen them in Ocean City,” said Peggy DeMarco, the assistant chairwoman for Oktoberfest. “I actually haven’t seen them, but I heard they put on a really good show.”
With so much fun to be had at Oktoberfest, St. John’s Father Michael Darcy can’t wait for the community to partake in the annual event.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the parish and community to come together and enjoy each other, have some fun and drink some beer,” he said.
IF YOU GO
WHAT St. John the Apostle Parish’s 24th annual Oktoberfest
WHEN 6 to 10 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday
WHERE St. John the Apostle Parish, 506 Seabury Ave., Milford
COST Free admission on both days
INFO Visit stjohn-stbernadette.org or call 422-5123