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Thursday-Sunday, October 3-6, 2013
Fort Belvoir Fremont Field (Click for Directions)

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MWR hosts one of the most anticipated events of the year, Fort Belvoir's 18th Annual Oktoberfest at Fremont Field! Oktoberfest is a four-day festival, highlighting authentic German food, beverages, music and dancing!  Enjoy an exciting carnival, the Volksmarch 10K Walk, kinder korner activities, vendor market, prize raffles and more!  A fun-filled weekend for the whole family! New in 2013: Krazy Krieger 5K Challenge, Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest best-dressed contest & more!

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2013 Sponsors

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Unlimited Rides Daily Pass = Fun for the Whole Family!

While entry is Fremont Field is cost-free, a daily wristband must be purchased per person for all carnival rides. Please note in addition, Food and Beer is not free and while ATMs will be on-site bringing CASH is encouraged for all vendors.

FAQs:

Q: What kinds of rides & carnival food can you expect? A: Visit the Jolly Show Carnival website for a preview.

Q: Can I buy individual tickets for carnival rides or do I have to buy the wristband? A: The wristband provides all-day unlimited rides but you may purchase individual tickets for $1.50 each. Each ride has a sign posted how many tickets is required to ride.

Please note also that the Jolly Shows Carnival reserves the right to determine at which point in the evening it is no longer going to sell wristbands but only sell individual tickets - it may determine that it is more efficient for getting customers through the lines & get the biggest bang for their buck to sell only individual tickets an hour or more before the end of the Carnival.

DAY DATE HOURS CARNIVAL WRISTBAND PRICE (Unlimited Daily Pass)
Thursday
October 3
6 - 10 pm
$15
Friday
October 4
6 - Midnight
$25
Saturday
October 5
Noon - Midnight
$30
Sunday
October 6
Noon - 8 pm
$25*
*Sunday is Military Appreciation Day - Discounted Tickets
Active Duty and Family members can pick up a $10 OFF coupon inside gates at ticket booth (bringing wristband to $15).

Event is open to all (100% ID Check) with free entry to Fremont Field

Once a year, Fort Belvoir Army Garrison opens its gates to the general public to celebrate Oktoberfest. That means, in addition to all regular Military Card Holders, the general public with a State Drivers' License and their Dependents can enter & enjoy this four-day festival celebrating all things German! Children 12 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

100% ID Check. Political activity is prohibited. All bags are subject to search.

PROHIBITED ITEMS: pets, backpacks, large bags, ice chests, coolers, bikes, narcotics, camera bags larger than 1 cubic foot, roller blades, skates, skateboards, weapons, beverages (baby formula allowed), food (diabetic foods allowed).

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Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 6

No need to worry about busy parking at the fest site! Leave the driving to us and catch a ride on the Oktoberfest Shuttle.This complimentary shuttle will transport people from South Post to the Oktoberfest site. The shuttle will leave the main Oktoberfest Area (at Fremont Field) every hour on the half hour. The shuttle will operate on a first come, first served basis - all times are approximate due to traffic and unforeseen circumstances.

Running Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 6, the on-post bus shuttle picks up at 9 stops from around post. Pick-ups will be at designated stops only. Listed times are estimates and are subject to traffic flow. There will be no eating or drinking on the bus. Children must be 13 (with dependent ID) to enter Oktoberfest without a parent/guardian.

Download Bus Schedule & Map. Mass parking will be available at the Community Center.


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3 Authentic German Beers On Tap

Enjoy a collection of Oktoberfest Lagers from the world's original Oktoberfest Beer to a soft and spicy flavor from Munich's oldest family owned brewery. If driving, please make sure to use a designated driver or utilize the Oktoberfest Shuttle.

Prices

Beer $5
Non-alcoholic $5
Mug $9
Mug with Beer $14
Pitcher of Beer: $15
Wine $5
Bottle of Wine $25

Oktoberfest/ Marzen
Warsteiner Oktoberfest is amber in color and provides a full-bodied flavor that combines a nice balance of hops and rich maltiness with a nice length and appeal. The result is a smooth and festive taste experience.

Country – Germany
Calories – 166
ABV – 5.9%
Dunkelweizen
Warsteiner Premium Dunkel is an exceptionally smooth and highly drinkable German dark lager. Dunkel has a deep chestnut brown hue, toasty malt and mocha aromas, with a medium-bodied palate and subtle hop bitterness on the finish.

Country – Germany
Calories – 142
ABV – 4.8%

König Ludwig Weisse (Wheat Beer)
Warsteiner Konig Ludwig Weiss is a royally brewed, classic golden hefeweizen with robust cloudiness.The aroma contains lively fruit, is lightly tart and has a hint of apples and bananas. The result is a naturally cloudy wheat beer with a wide spectrum of stimulating fruity experiences, a nice balance and a fine finish.

Country - Germany
Calories 158
ABV-5.5%

Miller Light
Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly fades away. A taste of light toasted malt, and a trace, slight trace of pine/citrus
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.4% 

Country - USA
Calories -96
ABV-4.2%

 

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While mobile ATMs will be on-site, bringing CASH is encouraged for all vendors.

Make sure to work up an appetite - we have a variety of speciality items to tempt your taste buds. If German food isn't for you, don't worry! There are plenty of other options:

Babci's Potato Pancakes
Potato pancakes are shallow-fried pancakes of grated potato and onion with some flour and seasoning. Potato pancakes are normally topped with a
variety or condiments to include... sour cream, applesauce, salt, pepper,
sugar, powdered sugar, maple syrup, and the list goes on and on.
The potato pancake is best served hot and fresh right off the
griddle.

Menu items may include:

Potato Pancakes
Kartoffle Puffer
Latkes
Pretzels
Sno Cones
Schnitzels & Giggles
Our mission is to provide you with a “Taste Trip to Germany” without leaving the USA with our Comfort Food served up in a fun and satisfying way

Menu items may include:

Sauerkraut with bacon & apples
Sauteed Sweet Red Cabbage
Pommes Frites
Frites with Chili or Cheese
Schnitzel on a stick
Jager Schnitzel with Gravy
Smoked Bratwurst with peppers & onions
Apple Streusel Cake
Waffle on a stick with toppings
The Lazy Pig BBQ
Comfort Food at its Best
Entrees from $5-$30 | Drinks $2
Menu items may include:

Whole Slab of Pork Ribs
Half Slab of Pork Ribs
Rib Sandwich (3 bones)
Turkey Leg
Order of Chicken Wings (3)
Rib Dinner (3 bones)
Chicken Wing Dinner (3 wing)
Combo Chicken & Rib Dinner (Includes 5 pieces of meat)
Side Orders: Baked beans, green beans, collard greens
All Dinners include 2 sides & 2 slices of bread
Carol's Concessions
Classic American Fare
Entrees from $5-$8 | Drinks $2
Menu items may include:

Chicken Tenders & Fries
Fish & Chips
Hamburger / Cheese Burgers
Cheese Fries
Homemade Chili
Funnel Cake
Lemonade
Coffee



Swiss Bakery

Menu items may include:

Jumbo Hot Bavarian Pretzels
Apple Strudel
Bratwurst with saerkraut on a roll
Laugen Cheese Rolls
Lebkuchen Hearts
Cookies
Amira Concessions

Menu items may include:

Foot-long Corn Dog
Philly Steak & Chicken
Lamb, Beef, or Chicken Gyros
Italian Sausage
Kielbasa Sausage
Funnel Cake
Ribbons Fries
French Fries
Lemonade
Smoothies


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Dog-Friendly & Stroller-Friendly 10K Volksmarch
Saturday-Sunday, October 5-6

The trail route planned for this event takes you along sidewalks and post roads on Fort Belvoir’s North Post and past a cemetery. The course is largely flat with some hills. The slopes on the hills are not steep. The route is rated 2 due to the hills. Weather conditions should have little effect on the trail rating.  Please do not bring backpacks, large bags or ice chests/coolers. All bags are subject to search. 100% ID check.

The event will take place regardless of most weather. The trail can accommodate strollers and wagons; however, they may require portaging over road curbs. Trail is unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Read the brochure and walking directions, sign-up today and get your comfortable walking shoes ready. Pets can come too! Just remember they must be on a leash and unfortunately they are not allowed in the fest area at the end of the Volksmarch.

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WHEN: Saturday,October 5, 2013 at 10 am
WHAT: A brand new 5K (3.1 miles) race with 6 Obstacles and 6 Challenges along the way!
WHERE: Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest, located on Fremont Field off of Goethals Road
WHO: Eligibility includes Active Duty Military & Family Members, DoD Civilians, Retirees
WAVES: Depending on registration amount, there will be various waves of participants. Waves will be of 50 participants starting at 10 minute intervals (10 am, 10:10 am, 10:20 am, etc)
COST: $25 by September 2 / $30 after September 2 / $30 same day registration
REGISTRATION:
Space is limited and includes t-shirt, food ticket and beverage ticket. Must be of legal age to consume alcohol; 100% ID check will be in progress. All participants must follow Fort Belvoir’s Oktoberfest rules & policies.
REFUNDS:
Sorry no refunds.
SIGN-UP: 4 easy ways to register
1. ONLINE: Register ONLINE at Active.com
2. IN PERSON: Download the REGISTRATION PACKETand turn into Graves Fitness Center.
3. MAIL: Download, print, fill out and mail the Registration Packet with payment. Must be postmarked by Wednesday, September 18. Make checks payable to IMWRF and mail to
DFMWR Sports ATTN: Krazy Krieger
5820 21st Street, Suite 109
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
4. SAME DAY: If all spots haven't filled up, on site registration is available from 8-9 am


Hosted by Official Oktoberfest Sponsor: The Villages

In addition to the Family-friendly Jolly Show Carnival (see wristband prices), enjoy a FREE Kinder Korner with fun activities like decorating pumpkins, baggo, ladderball, and coloring the Oktoberfest Mural.

Locate the Kinder Korner near the Main Fest Tent area.

Friday October 4th

  • Oktoberfest Mural                            6-8 pm
  • Baggo                                                6-8 pm
  • Ladder Ball                                       6-8 pm

Saturday October 5th

  • Villages of Belvoir Crafts                12-2 pm
  • CYSS Crafts & Games                   3-7 pm
  • Oktoberfest Mural                            12-8 pm
  • Baggo                                                12-8 pm
  • Ladder Ball                                       12-8 pm

Sunday October 6th

  • CYSS Crafts & Games                   3-6 pm
  • Oktoberfest Mural                            12-6 pm
  • Baggo                                                12-6 pm
  • Ladder Ball                                       12-6 pm

KINDER KORNER RULES

  • Children should not be left unattended at or around the Kinder Korner tent at any time
  • Parents/Gaurdians should actively participate or monitor their children while participating and playing at all times
  • PLEASE put materials away after use
  • PLEASE clean up after yourself and your children
  • No horse playing or foul language is allowed
  • PLEASE be respectful of others
  • ALL activities are subject to cancellation
  • HAVE FUN and ENJOY THE ACTIVITIES!!!

 

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Live Musical Entertainment Schedule

Thursday October 3rd
Kings Park   6 - 10 pm

Friday October 4th
Luftwaffenmusikkorps 2 (German Air Force Band): 6-10 pm
Alt-Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein (Dance Group) 6 - 10 pm
Alte Kameraden 6 pm - Midnight

Saturday October 5th (Stage games during breaks of bands)
Alte Kameraden   Noon - 6 pm
Alt-Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein (Dance Group) 3 -7 pm
Kings Park  7 pm - Midnight

Sunday October 6th
Low n Brows Noon - 4 pm
Pershings Own Down Range US Army Band 4 - 6 pm



Dress your Bavarian Best for
Saturday's
Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest
Costume Contest

 

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Hosted by the Belvoir Enlisted Spouses’ Club
Specker Field House

This popular event during Oktoberfest features a variety of booths showcasing homemade crafts,pottery, baked goods, stationery, jewelry, wood carvings, hand-bags, photography and more! Every year is different and full of surprises!

Vendors Needed! Our deadline to have vendor applications in is September 21st. Check out our website to download an application: www.facebook.com/FortBelvoirOktoberfestAutumnBazaar

Specker Field House
1182 12th Street
Ft Belvoir, VA 22060 map
Parking available next to Specker and in lot directly across from Specker.


Download Bazaar Flyer

Hours
Saturday, October 5 from  10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, October 6 from   10 am - 6 pm

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Directions To Fort Belvoir

From Washington DC (1-95 South)

If you are traveling south on 1-95, take the Fairfax Parkway/Backlick Road (7100) exit 166 A.
Take the Fairfax County Parkway to its end at U.S. Rt. 1 (Richmond Highway.)
Turn left.
At the first light, on the right, is the entrance for Tulley Gate onto Fort Belvoir. To enter using Pence Gate, continue North on Route 1 (past Tulley) and exit at the next available right (it will be directly across from Oktoberfest & Carnival on Fremont Field).

From Richmond (1-95 North)

If you are traveling north on 1-95 North, take the Fort Belvoir Exit 161 B. (U.S. Rt 1 -- Richmond Highway)
You will travel five miles to Fort Belvoir.
Continue through the light at the Fairfax County Parkway (VA 7100). At the next stop light, on the right side you will see the entrance for Tulley Gate, turn right. If it is after 9 pm, you will

Gate Information

On Thursday & Sunday before 5 pm all visitors must come in Tulley Gate. After 5 pm, all visitors must enter through Pence Gate. Tulley Gate is closed on Oct 5-6. Pence Gate is 24 hr access. JJ Kingman Gate is available for EXIT til 12:30 a.m. on Oct 4-5. Lieber Gate is available for EXIT from 8 pm til 10:30 pm on Oct 3. Available for EXIT from 10 pm-12:30 a.m. on Oct 4-5. Available for EXIT from 6-8:30 pm on Oct 6. Lampert Gate will NOT be open for any incoming and exiting vehicle traffic for Oktoberfest 2013.

o Pence Gate: 24 hours/7 days a week

o Tulley Gate (Visitor Gate): Mon-Fri, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed weekends.

o Walker Gate: Mon-Fri, Split hours, open only 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Closed weekends

o Kingman Gate: Mon–Thurs, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

o Telegraph Gate: Mon-Friday, Split hours open only 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed weekends

* IMPORTANT: Lampert Gate will NOT be open for incoming or exiting vehicle traffic during Oktoberfest 2013

 


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Stop by their booths during the four-day Oktoberfest at Fremont Field and check out their great offers below:

Interested in Advertising or Sponsorship opportunities with Fort Belvoir's MWR? Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) on Fort Belvoir, Virginia, has a variety of advertising and sponsorship opportunities, including a new publication and large and small events throughout the year. Learn more

Disclaimer: The U.S. Army does not officially endorse Sponsor's Name, Product, or Service.

2013 TITLE SPONSOR
Sheehy Auto Stores
Website
MUNICH LEVEL SPONSORS
Belvoir Federal Credit Union
Website
Special Offers: Stop by the BFCU table on Friday for your chance to win $100 VISA Gift Card! Plus - bring your Kinder over on Saturday from 11am-2pm for a glitter tattoo artist and on Sunday from 2-4pm for a facepainter.
Premium Distributors
Website
Special Offers: Special thanks to Premium Distributors for providing Oktoberfest 2013's chosen beer in three tasteful brews: Oktoberfest, Premium Lager, and Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss. Buy your Oktoberfest ceramic mug with beer for $14.
Your At Home Team
Website
Special Offers: "Your At Home Team", with McEnearney Associates, will be holding free raffle drawings to win $5 or $10 Starbucks gift cards. Stop by our booth for drawing times!
BAVARIAN LEVEL SPONSORS
GEICO
Website
Special Offers: Visit our table for a chance to win a $100 gas card! Plus pick up some fun GEICO giveaways.
HOFBRAU LEVEL SPONSORS
AUSA
Website
First Command
Website

University of Phoenix

Website


USA Discounters
Website
Special Offers: Visit us - we'll be doing a drawing for an iPod Touch! You can also pick up a Halloween tote so your little ones have a bag to collect their Halloween candy!
Hampton Inn & Suites
Website

Long Home Products
Website
Special Offers: We will be offering 25% off for all military and government employees. This includes our replacement windows, siding, bathrooms, kitchens, doors, solar panels, gutter jackets, attic mirror and insulation!
USAA
Website
Candlewood Suites
Website
The Villages at Belvoir
Website:
Special Offers: Join The Villages at Belvoir under the Kinder Tent on Saturday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Bring your best pumpkin decorating skills to our table! FREE pumpkins and decorations will be provided for kids in grades (K-6). Like us on Facebook!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: When is Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest?
A:
Thursday-Sunday, October 3-6, 2012 (Carnival Times)

Q:
Where is Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest?
A: Fremont Field, North Post of Fort Belvoir (Directions)

Q: Is Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest free?
A: Entry to Fremont Field, Parking, Volksmarch, Kinder Korner, Bus Shuttle, Music Entertainment, and entry to Bazaar are all free. A daily wristband must be purchased per person for all carnival rides. (see prices) Food and Beer is not free and while ATMs will be on-site bringing CASH is encouraged for all vendors.

Q: Who's allowed to come to Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest?
A: Once a year, Fort Belvoir Army Garrison opens its gates to the general public to celebrate Oktoberfest. That means, in addition to all regular Military Card Holders, the general public with a State Drivers' License (100% ID Check) and their Dependents can enter & enjoy this four-day festival celebrating all things German! Political activity is prohibited. All bags are subject to search. See Rules about Children under 12 and Prohibited Items including Pets.

Q: Which gate do I enter for Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest?
A:
On Thursday & Sunday before 5 pm all visitors must come in Tulley Gate. After 5 pm, all visitors must enter through Pence Gate. Tulley Gate is closed on Oct 5-6. Pence Gate is 24 hr access. JJ Kingman Gate is available for EXIT til 12:30 a.m. on Oct 4-5. Lieber Gate is available for EXIT from 8 pm til 10:30 pm on Oct 3. Available for EXIT from 10 pm-12:30 a.m. on Oct 4-5. Available for EXIT from 6-8:30 pm on Oct 6. Lampert Gate will NOT be open for any incoming and exiting vehicle traffic for Oktoberfest 2013.

Q:
Where do I park for Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest?
A:
Several lots within walking distance are available for parking. A golfcart shuttle service for disabled individuals is available for assistance from parking lots. Mass parking is available at the Community Center (see map); see the shuttle schedule for approximate times of pick-up from the Community Center to the fest site.

Q: Is there a shuttle schedule for the on-post bus shuttle? Is there a central pick-up location?
A:
Yes; from Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 6, the on-post bus shuttle picks up at 9 stops from around post. Pick-ups will be at designated stops only. Shuttle service will run every hour at the estimated times listed on this schedule. Listed times are estimates and are subject to traffic flow. There will be no eating or drinking on the bus. Children must be 13 (with dependent ID) to enter Oktoberfest without a parent/guardian.

Q:
Is Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest a rain or shine event?
A:
Yes; please follow DFMWR Facebook for the latest updates on the condition of the fest site.By attending this event, you are assuming the risk of injury by inclement weather.

Q: What kinds of rides & carnival food can I expect at Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest?
A:
Visit the Jolly Show Carnival website for a preview and see Menus for Food Vendors.

Q: Can I buy individual tickets for carnival rides or do I have to buy the wristband? A: The wristband provides all-day unlimited rides but you may purchase individual tickets for $1.50 each. Each ride has a sign posted how many tickets is required to ride.

Please note also that the Jolly Shows Carnival reserves the right to determine at which point in the evening it is no longer going to sell wristbands but only sell individual tickets - it may determine that it is more efficient for getting customers through the lines & for customers to get the biggest bang for their buck to sell only individual tickets an hour or more before the end of the Carnival.


Q: Can I bring my dog?
A:
All pets are prohibited on Fremont Field (service dogs are an exception), but dogs are welcome to take part in the 10K Volksmarch (details).

Q: Which day is the discount tickets for military?
A: Sunday, October 6, 2013 is Military Appreciation Day (see details on $10 off coupon)

Q: Is there a Lost and Found? Is there a First Aid station?
A:
Yes, the Oktoberfest Lost & Found is located in the white trailer behind the main fest tent performance stage. First Aid station is also located here.

Q: Are any MWR facility hours affected by Oktoberfest?
A: Yes, the Community Center and the LTS Office will be closed Saturday, October 5, to support the event.

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Get involved with MWR's largest annual special event! Individuals 16 and older may volunteer, but to serve beer you must be 18 years old. Some available volunteer positions include:


- Road guards
- Beer pourers
- Coupon distributors
- Entrance gate guards

Interested or need additional info? Please contact:
Special Events Coordinator
Romel Voellm
Phone: 703-805-9239
E-mail: romel.e.voellm.naf@mail.mil

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MWR Disclaimer: All MWR Events, Programs, Prices, and Details highlighted on the Fort Belvoir MWR website, Facebook, and all media are subject to change without notice. That said, we do our very best to provide our Fort Belvoir Soldiers, Families, Retirees, and Civilians with the most up-do-date information as we receive it. Thank you for your understanding.