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

2017 German Food:
Farmhouse Catering
Back to Basics Catering
Sugar & Slice Cupcakery & Confections
Daylight Donuts
Rising Sun Breads
Sheetz (5K refreshment station only)
Special Oktoberfest beer brewed by Sunken City Brewing Company
Brooks Mill Winery fruit wines
2017 Craft vendors:
Marie Rose Designs
Bee Mountain Woodworks
Something Special by Kay Bevins
Gramma Darla's Shop
The Color of Mud
Jewelry by Tracy O
Nature's Jewelry
Tied Up With String
Snow Bandits
2017 Merchandise vendors:
Young Living Essential Oils
My Thirty-One
Nerium International
Business Tables:
Embrace Treatment Foster Care
Dream Vacations
Southern Roots
Tharp Funeral Home
Roanoke Volkswagen Club
Physicians to Children
2017 Petting Zoo and Pets:
Healing Strides of VA
Franklin County Humane Society
Virginia German Shepherd Rescue
Star City Greyhound Adoptions
2017 For Kids and Young At Heart:
Face Painting Fantasy
Dawn Fairy Godmother
Castle Bounce House
YMCA Craft Tent
Westlake Library Bookmobile Crafts
2017 Activities:
5K Trail Race/Walk (shotgun start 10:30 a.m.)
Traveling Therapies (free mini massages offered to 5K participants only by massage therapist Elizabeth Doucette from Westlake Salon & Spa)
Knockerball (ongoing all day)
Sheriff's office K9 demos (two 45-minute demos)
StrongMan Competition (ongoing all day)

2017 Sponsors

• Laker Media • The YMCA • The Willard Companies • Sunken City Brewing Company • Absolute Collision • Westlake Automotive • Phil Hager Insurance Agency • Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital • Smith Mountain Building Supply • Vistar Eye Center • Carter Bank & Trust • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services • The Westlake • Haywoods Westlake • Sheetz • Next Generation Designs • Jolly Jen Photography • SML Signs and More • WSLK Lake Radio 880 • Source 4 • Aztec Rental • Bojangles • Southern Roots