By APG News Staff ReportSeptember 23, 2013
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The sights, sounds and smells of Germany return to APG soon as the 2nd Annual APG Oktoberfest kicks off at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11. The 3-day event continues all day Saturday, Oct. 12 and from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13.
German dancers in traditional costumes, Oompah bands playing fest music and the smell of Bratwurst and sauerkraut will make you think you're back in Bavaria. German entertainment includes the Enzian Volkstanz Gruppe Dancers and the Die Immergruten Musikanten (Band).
Inflatable rides and attractions in the Kidz Corner will offer plenty of fun for kids to enjoy throughout the Oktoberfest. For teenagers, numerous fun and engaging activities will be held all weekend at the Teen Zone, to include performances by local high schools and a video game booth.
Special events include a Volksmarch to be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 and a Community Marketplace or Marktplatze with local vendors selling trinkets and other wares Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Roving accordion players, puppet shows, jugglers, stilt walkers and more will add to the festival atmosphere. And each evening will feature keg tapping ceremonies highlighting community partnerships with Team APG. Friday Oct. 11 will salute the Town of Bel Air and the City of Havre de Grace; Aberdeen and Edgewood will be honored Saturday, Oct. 12 and the Oktoberfest wraps up Oct. 13 with a tribute to Cecil County. The ceremonies start 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
On Saturday, the Cab Calloway Jivers Jazz Band will headline the night's entertainment at 8:30 pm. The night will end with a bang following their performance, as fireworks light up the night sky at 9:30 pm.
Come out and toast the camaraderie between the installation and local communities.
For more information about the 2nd Annual APG Oktoberfest, check the APG News, the APG website at www.apg.army.mil/, the APG MWR website at www.apgmwr.com or APG social media sites on Facebook, www.facebook.com/APGmd; and Twitter, https://twitter.com/USAGAPG.