The Willard Companies and the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA are proud to present an Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race/Walk on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Westlake Towne Center. The 5K Trail Race/Walk will start at 10:30 a.m. The Oktoberfest is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festival will include live entertainment by The Sauerkraut Band and the local Saengerbund, who will perform authentic German-style music in traditional Bavarian clothing.
The event features artisan crafters selling their handmade wares, merchandise and business vendors, a children's play area, German games and entertainment for both kids and adults, an Oktoberfest-style Strongman contest, German food and a special Oktoberfest beer brewed by Sunken City Brewing Company. See a list of vendors and other entertainment below.
Admission for adults is $10 on event day; pre-order adult tickets for $5 by clicking here. Children under 13 are admitted free. Valid ID is required for 21 and older. Food and drink vendors will be on site. Lawn chairs are welcome. Coolers, outside food or drinks, rollerblades, skateboards and pets are prohibited. Bags are subject to be inspected.
The 5K Trail Race will begin at Westlake Towne Center, wind through the Jack-O-Lantern Branch Heritage Trail at the Booker T. Washington National Monument, and end at the Oktoberfest. Mountain Junkies LLC will record race times. Awards given to top three runners, male and female and the top finishers in each age bracket. Race registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children under 13. T-shirts available to the first 100 participants. All proceeds benefit the Franklin County YMCA. Online registration is available here.