ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Mark your calendars and tell your neighbors and friends: APG will hold its first celebration of Oktoberfest, Sept. 27 through Sept. 30 on the installation's Shine Sports Field. The four nights of family fun and entertainment being planned for young and old include German food and beverages, a Volksmarch, a Festhalle with live entertainment, carnival rides, a car show, fireworks and much more. The best part … the event is open to the public and admission is free.

The purpose of the social event is to foster friendship and strengthen existing bonds between the installation and its partners, according to Capt. Odene Brathwaite from the APG Garrison.

"This will be a great opportunity for our civilian and military communities to join together to enjoy food and fun activities in a family atmosphere. It is just another opportunity to build relationships and recognize the partnerships we share," he said.

Guests can look forward to authentic German dishes provided by Prost German Restaurant from Port Deposit -- formerly of Aberdeen. Plus, each night begins with an opening ceremony that pays tribute to a different community, resulting in Aberdeen, Bel Air, Havre de Grace and Cecil County nights, respectively. Every night is open to the general public for all to enjoy. Several other events are being considered and will be announced as plans come together.

Much more information will be released through the APG News and on installation websites such as Morale, Welfare and Recreation's www.apgmwr.com/oktoberfest.html and APG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/APGmd.