By Emily Brainard, Army Flier StaffSeptember 16, 2010
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Community members can enjoy a traditional German experience during Fort Rucker's annual Oktoberfest Sept. 24.
The event, hosted from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the festival fields, offers several new attractions, as well as many time-tested Oktoberfest favorites, said Kimberly Abeln, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation annual events coordinator.
New inflatables and a "spider mountain bungee" will be provided for children to play on, she said.
Other youth activities include sack races, alpine hat craft-making and pumpkin painting.
Another addition this year is a German-themed photo booth, where attendees can dress up and have their photographs taken. Snapshots will be posted on DFMWR's Facebook page after the event, Abeln said.
The mechanical bull ride returns from its debut last year. The band, Sonnenschein Express, provides live entertainment for the second year in a row. Adults can participate in a keg toss and a variety of other games.
About 10 local vendors sell crafts and food for those looking to do some shopping. Those with appetites for German cuisine will be treated with bratwursts, schnitzel, potato salad and adult beverages, Abeln said. Traditional festival foods, including funnel cakes and roasted corn, will also be available.
"It's fun for the whole Family. (It's a time) to enjoy fall," Abeln said.
Events like this support the Army Family Covenant, the Army's promise to take care of military Families, said Brian Jackson, Recreation Delivery System program manager.
"Oktoberfest is a perfect event for this time of year," he said. "It has various forms of activities and the entertainment is free."
For more information, call 255-1749 or visit www.ftruckermwr.com.