The Willard Companies and the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA are proud to present an Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race/Walk on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Westlake Towne Center. The 5K Trail Race/Walk will start at 10:30 a.m. The Oktoberfest is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival will include live entertainment by The Sauerkraut Band and the local Saengerbund, who will perform authentic German-style music in traditional Bavarian clothing.

The event features artisan crafters selling their handmade wares, merchandise and business vendors, a children's play area, German games and entertainment for both kids and adults, an Oktoberfest-style Strongman contest, German food and a special Oktoberfest beer brewed by Sunken City Brewing Company. See a list of vendors and other entertainment below.

Admission for adults is $10 on event day; pre-order adult tickets for $5 by clicking here. Children under 13 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. 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. Mountain Junkies LLC 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 for adults and $15 for children under 13. T-shirts available to the first 100 participants. All proceeds benefit the Franklin County YMCA. Online registration is available here

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2018 German Food:
Farmhouse Catering
Back to Basics Catering
Sugar & Slice Cupcakery & Confections
Special Oktoberfest beer brewed by Sunken City Brewing Company
Brooks Mill Winery fruit wines
2018 Craft vendors:
My Past Life
Stella's Knits
Across the Miles Designs
Stargazers Jewelry
Quartersawn Woodworks
The Hooffixer's Wife
Jackie John's Goodies
Sublime Creations
Gracie May's Designs
In Bloom Wood Flowers
2018 Merchandise vendors:
Young Living Essential Oils
Nerium International
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Style Dots
Business Tables:
Dream Vacations
Roanoke Volkswagen Club
Southern Trust Home Services
Sheds Direct
2018 Petting Zoo and Pets:
Healing Strides of VA
Franklin County Humane Society
Virginia German Shepherd Rescue
Star City Greyhound Adoptions
2018 For Kids and Young At Heart:
Face Painting Fantasy
Castle Bounce House
YMCA Craft Tent
Westlake Library Bookmobile Crafts
2018 Activities:
5K Trail Race/Walk (shotgun start 10:30 a.m.)
Demonstrations by Hot Taffy Glassblowing (ongoing all day)
Knockerball (ongoing all day)
StrongMan Competition (ongoing all day)
Goat Yoga (2 to 4 p.m.)
Sheriff's office K9 demos (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

2017 Sponsors

• Laker Media • The YMCA • The Willard Companies • Sunken City Brewing Company • Absolute Collision • Westlake Automotive • Phil Hager Insurance Agency • Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital • Smith Mountain Building Supply • Vistar Eye Center • Carter Bank & Trust • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services • The Westlake • Haywoods Westlake • Sheetz • Next Generation Designs • Jolly Jen Photography • SML Signs and More • WSLK Lake Radio 880 • Source 4 • Aztec Rental • Bojangles • Southern Roots