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Campus community invited to celebrate Oktoberfest

September 16, 2008

Oktoberfest—the traditional German festival known for hearty food, beer, oom-pah music and games—will be held at Wake Forest University from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 2 on Manchester Plaza. The event is open to Wake Forest students, faculty and staff and admission is free. Food will be available for a nominal fee.

“We are excited about Oktoberfest, and we want this to be an annual event in which the campus community—students, faculty and staff—comes together to experience authentic German traditions, relax, meet new people and have fun,” said Rebecca Thomas, associate professor of German and chair of the German and Russian department. 

The event will feature traditional German food, such as bratwurst and sauerkraut, and some “Oktoberfestbier” (authentic German beer) will be available for sampling.   

Attendees can also enjoy playing several German games, including “Zack! Die Bohne,” which roughly translated means “Look out! Here comes the bean!” and is a German version of “Whack a Mole.”

Traditional German oom-pah music will be performed by the Katzenjammer All Stars, an oom-pah band led by Stewart Carter, professor of music at Wake Forest. The band is made up of Carter on trombone; Wake Forest adjunct faculty members Barbara Troutwine and Eileen Young on clarinet; Ken Wilmot from the Winston-Salem Symphony on trumpet and Mike Teague, a local professional tuba player. The group gets together specifically for this event.

This year will be the third Oktoberfest held at Wake Forest.  The event is sponsored by the department of German and Russian, the Office of the Dean of the College and Student Life. 

For more information, call (336) 758-3493.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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