OKTOBERFEST: STAPLE OF HOMECOMING

LAUREN WISDOM, GUEST WRITER

Wartburg College to host Oktoberfest on campus during Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 12. Oktoberfest is an opportunity to mingle with Wartburg alumni, students, faculty and friends.

Oktoberfest will take place at 4 p.m. on the campus mall, immediately following the conclusion of the Wartburg football game.

The Wartburg College National Science Teaching Association Chapter will also host Kidsfest from 4 to 6:45 p.m. in room 128 in the Science Center.

Kidsfest is open to children preschool through sixth grade. The cost is $12 per child with pre-registration and $15 per child at the day of the event. Dinner will be provided.

“This idea came from our elementary education majors,” Dr. Michael Bechtel, professor at Wartburg, said. “Right now, it’s going to be two hours of non-stop action for the little kids. I know I would have appreciated [science lessons and hands-on learning].

“A lot of people love coming back to campus,” Bechtel said. “[Oktoberfest] is a lot of fun. There is a lot of pieces to it. There is good food and drink, and obviously the football game, so I don’t think there is just one thing [about Oktoberfest] that people love more than the other. I think it is just the whole experience.”

Attendees may pre-purchase tickets online for $20, the cost is $25 after Oct. 9 at the gate. Tickets for children are $7 ages five to 10 years old and are free for children under five. The deadline for registration is Oct. 9.

Food-only tickets are $10 and can only be purchased online before the registration deadline. Drinks-only tickets are $10, but are only available for Hall of Fame Dinner attendees.

For more information, go to wartburg.edu/homecoming.

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