2013-10-04 / Front Page

Installation taps into Oktoberfest

Nick Spinelli
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

Fort Gordon’s annual Oktoberfest celebration began yesterday with a family night carnival. The event, which will run all weekend on Barton Field, will officially kick off with a ceremony this evening.

Oktoberfest is not affected by the government shutdown. The event is funded using non-appropriated funds, not funds from the federal appropriated budget. In addition, Oktoberfest generates a profit each year, which helps pay for other Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation events and services.

“The carnival will open and vendors will be set up today at 4 p.m. and the Operation Rising Star finals competition will be held at 5:30 p.m.” said Molly Swift, Fort Gordon Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation marketing assistant.

The festivities continue with an opening ceremony and keg tapping at 7 p.m.

After the ceremony, live entertainment will be provided by Terry Cavanagh and the Alpine Express.

“They’ve performed at this event before and have been extremely popular with our Oktoberfest audience,” Swift said.

The music and carnival will run until 10:30 p.m., but the celebration will continue all weekend. Gates will open at 9 a.m. tomorrow for shoppers interested in vendors as well as the Fort Gordon Spouses and Civilians Club and DFMWR fall flea market.

“Saturday is usually our busiest day because we have a flea market in the morning and vendors,” Swift said. The carnival rides and games will open at 10 a.m. and there will be a number of other activities during the day.

Those activities include a talent show, drawings, more live music, a “kid’s corner” and a car show presented by Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers.

Oktoberfest will conclude Sunday with a “Salute to the Troops” presentation and more carnival rides and games on Sunday. For more information on this and other upcoming events on post, visit www.fortgordon.com.

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