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Discover Fauquier October 2019
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Back in 1979 when it all began, St.
John the Evangelist Catholic Church's
annual Oktoberfest was a daytime
school event offering German food
and arts and crafts. Over the years
the major fundraising event has
matured into the colossal multi-
generational attraction it is now,
raising money for the church, the
school, the less fortunate in our
community, and youth programs.
Co-coordinators for the past seven
years, church members John
and Charlotte Guyant equate the
Oktoberfest to a small town get-
together. "This event goes beyond
St. John's," says Charlotte. "We invite
the community to come and join us.
The event is very family-oriented
with something for everyone."
Kicking off on Thursday, October 10,
from 6:008:00 p.m., an advance
preview of the White Elephant Sale
"Gluhwein & Find" is available to the
first 80 ticket buyers only. Get first
dibs on over 7,000 square feet of one-
of-a-kind high-quality items displayed
in Mercy Hall while enjoying a glass
of mulled wine. The White Elephant
Sale is open to everyone on Friday,
October 11 from 8:00 a.m.6:00
p.m.
and Saturday, October 12
from 8.00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
The main events of
the Oktoberfest will
be taking place both
Friday and Saturday
nights from 4:00
9 : 0 0 p . m .
w i t h
18 2 0 a r t s a n d
c r a f t s ve n d o r s ,
a silent auc tion
(including coveted
s p o r t i n g e v e n t
tickets, vacation
rentals, and gif t
baskets), Low `n
Brows German Oompah Band
(with dancing), and German fare,
featuring bratwurst, drunken chicken,
sauerkraut, German potato salad,
red cabbage, and baked apples.
A nd don't miss the
heavenly homemade
apple pies, baked right
in the school by long-
time parishioners, the
Maybach family.
"Outside it is another
whole wor ld," John
describes. "The sights
and sounds, the smell
of funnel cakes and
cotton candy, and the
children's laughter bring
back such fond childhood memories."
On Friday night kids of all ages will
enjoy the mechanical carnival rides,
inflatables, and games for $20. The
"ride and play" wristband enables
kids to collect tickets as they play,
which can be turned in for prizes.
Live outdoor music will fill the air
as you nibble on chicken wings
from Whiffletree Farm, pulled pork
sandwiches, hotdogs, fries, or warm
pretzels in the Bernie Ragan Pavilion
and then wash it all down with a
cold brew from the beer garden.
Top it off with an ice cream from
the Moo Thru truck.
Saturday night brings a cornhole
competition, a whole new array of
carnival games, an obstacle course,
new inflatables, and miniature golf for
a low price of $12. Nashville Standard
will be performing live music outside
with singer/songwriter Adam Melia,
featuring the timeless sounds of
1950s and 60s country, blues, and
rock-n-roll. Face painting, sand art,
and a raffle with over $5,000 in cash
prizes will also be offered.
"Planning for this huge event begins
a year in advance," John explains.
"It takes 200 volunteers over 3,000
hours to pull this off, and nine
coordinators to run the various parts
and pieces of the event. We wish
to thank all of our volunteers and
our sponsors, including Country
Chevrolet and Moser Funeral Home,
for their support."
High-quality donations for the White
Elephant Sale will be accepted on
Wednesday, October 9 at Mercy
Hall in the lower parking lot. No
clothing, shoes, electronics, or books
will be accepted.
Parking is available in all three
lots--at the church, Mercy Hall,
and the school. Plan to arrive early
as the lots fill up by 7:00 p.m. To
learn more, see the Warrenton
Ok tober fest Facebook
page
o r e m a i l y o u r q u e s t i o n s t o
warrentonoktoberfest@yahoo.
com.
St. John's 40th Annual Oktoberfest:
Fun for the Whole Family
~ Lynnette Esse
kicks 4 kids 5k & 1 mile fun walk/
run: morrisville united methodist
church; saturday, October 26, 10am
start. $2.50 sign-up, $30/Race until
Sept. 30, then $35/Race, $20/Run/Walk.
Liberty HS cross country course. Register:
runsignup.com/kicks4kids
create art frOm recycled items:
for ages 6-12; wednesdays, October
9-30, 10:30-noon. $60/Member, $90/
Nonmember.
recreation.fauquiercounty.
gov. Warrenton Community Ctr., 430 E
Shirley Ave., Warrenton
. 540-422-8560.
mutt strutt: fauquier sPca;
saturday, October 5, 2-5pm. Family
friendly. Grand Prize. Register:
www.
fauquiersPcs.com. Powers Brewery,
9269 Redemption Way, Midland.
warrentOn wOmen's Prayer
alliance: Pray for the community
of warrenton; 2nd & 4th wednesdays,
9-10am. Trinity Lutheran Church. Everyone
welcome. 276 Cleveland St., Warrenton.
cOuntry breakfast: & blessing
of the Hounds, saturday, October
19, 8-10am. Eggs, pancakes, fried
potatoes, cheese grits, bacon, sausage
& beverages. Free will donations. Grace
Church Parish Hall, 5108 Weston Rd.,
Casanova.
www.gracechurchcasanova.
org.
free clOtHing giveaway: Hope
christian fellowship; saturday,
October 19, 9am-noon. Clothing, shoes,
accessories, linens, toys & kids books.
4173 Bludau Dr., Warrenton Vint Hill.
540-
222-6643.
Half maratHOn & 5k: novant
Health uva Health system; sunday,
september 29, 7am. Starts at Jiffy Lube
Live. 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow. Visit:
princewilliamhalfmarathon.com.
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