Due to inclement weather, The Willard Companies and the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA announced the cancellation of the annual Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race/Walk scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The organizations are exploring options for a reschedule, but no plans are available at this time.
"We tried to execute contingency plans by moving the event indoors, but after closely monitoring forecasts and respecting the declared state of emergency for Virginia, we decided it was best to cancel the event. The safety of our staff, volunteers and attendees comes first," said Christopher Finley, director of marketing and communication for The Willard Companies.
For media inquiries, contact Christopher Finley at 540-721-5288 or Lauren Acker at 540-721-9622.
Smith Mountain Lake’s Premier Beer Festival
The Willard Companies, in conjunction with the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA, will present an Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race event on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Westlake Towne Center. The 5K Trail Race/Walk will start at 10:30 a.m. The Oktoberfest is from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
The festival will include live entertainment by The Mountain Top Polka Band, who will be performing authentic German style music in traditional Bavarian style clothing. The event will also feature a children's play area, German food and a special Oktoberfest beer brewed by Sunken City Brewery. Admission for Adults is $5. Children 13 and under 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 and not allowed. 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. Children under 13 is $15. T-shirts available to the first 100 participants. All proceeds benefit the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA. Online registration is available at https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Hardy/3rdAnnualOktoberfest5k.