At next month’s family-friendly Fort Lee Oktoberfest, community members can shout “Eins, zwei, gesoffen,” and hoist a 28-ounce, limited-edition commemorative mug as they tap their feet, sing and enjoy dancers, a band, food and much more; all while children enjoy inflatable rides and games in the popular KidZone area. Tickets are on sale beginning Sept. 12.
The fun-filled 23rd annual event – set for Oct. 12, 5-10 p.m., at the Lee Club – is open to the public and hosted by the Fort Lee Family and MWR Directorate.
"The annual Oktoberfest is an opportunity for the community to celebrate German traditions and culture and bring the Fort lee community a flavor of the real Oktoberfest with authentic German beer, food and live entertainment,” said Darrell Clay, FMWR director here.
He continued, “As in previous years, this event will kick off with an official keg tapping
conducted by our local community leaders. The festivities will continue into the evening with authentic music from The Original Elbe-Musikanten German Band and authentic German folk dances from the Hirschjäeger Dancers."
Once again this year, a special Fort Lee Oktoberfest mug is available in advance. The commemorative ceramic beer stein was designed by Phil Williams of FMWR marketing. Available in limited quantities, its unique design features a Virginia cardinal along with other symbols representing Germany and Virginia.
Community members can pre-order the mug and purchase advance tickets at Leisure Travel Services, TenStrike Bowling and Entertainment Center, the Cardinal Golf Club and online through the FMWR website at https://lee.armymwr.com. The mug can be pre-ordered for pick-up at the event as part of a $28 package that also includes event admission for one person and the first fill of beer. Tickets are $7 each in advance through midnight, Oct. 10, and $9 at the door. Children 12 years old and younger get free admission.
Participants can enjoy a wide variety of German food and beverages available for purchase at the event, including pork schnitzel, knockwurst, bratwurst, roasted chicken, German potato salad, red cabbage, hot dogs, pretzels, desserts and more. The event also will include a corn hole tournament and other activities.