The festival will include live entertainment by The Sauerkraut Band, who will be performing authentic German style music in traditional Bavarian style clothing, as well as Barefoot West. The event will also feature a children's play area, German food and a special Oktoberfest beer brewed by Sunken City Brewery. Admission for Adults is $5. Children 13 and under are admitted free. Valid ID is required for 21 and older. Food and drink vendors will be on site. Lawn chairs are welcome. Coolers, outside food or drinks, rollerblades, skateboards and pets are prohibited and not allowed. Bags are subject to be inspected.
The 5K Trail Race will begin at Westlake Towne Center, wind through the Jack-O-Lantern Branch Heritage Trail at the Booker T. Washington National Monument, and end at the Oktoberfest. Commonwealth Timing will record race times. Awards given to top three runners, male and female and the top finishers in each age bracket. Race registration is $25. Children under 13 is $15 additional $10 after October 4th. T-shirts available to the first 100 participants. All proceeds benefit the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA. Race registration forms are available for download at Online registration is available at
"The goal of the Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race is to provide additional entertainment options for local residents and visitors while at the same time generating proceeds that will benefit the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA," said Christopher Finley, Director of Marketing and Communications for The Willard Companies. "We want to support the Y's mission in building a healthy spirit, mind, and body," added Finley.
The Oktoberfest & 5K Trail Race is sponsored by Prudential Waterfront Properties, The Willard Companies, Turner's Building, Inc., Assured Comfort, VitaZen, Absolute Collision, Haywood's Westlake, Moyer's, Vistar Eye Center, Franklin Community Bank, Laker Media, Next Generations Designs, Aztec Rental, Booker T. Washington National Monument, and Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, P.C.
For questions regarding Oktoberfest, contact Christopher Finley at 540-721-5288. For questions regarding the 5K Trail race, contact Andrea Fansler at 540-721-9622. Visit online at