PROST: Julie Patterson, Debbie Mackie, Michelle Parr Ruddle and Di Ferguson enjoy the atmosphere at last year’s event.
PROST: Julie Patterson, Debbie Mackie, Michelle Parr Ruddle and Di Ferguson enjoy the atmosphere at last year’s event. Amy Haydock

31st annual Oktoberfest kicks off in Emu Park on Saturday

BEERS will flow and music will play as the Emu Park Lions 31st annual Oktoberfest kicks off in Emu Park on Saturday.

Locals and visitors will get a taste of Bavarian culture at Bell Park, with the event growing in crowd numbers every year.

Preparations are well underway for this year's celebrations and the Lions are again expecting a bumper crowd to the iconic event.

Patrons can get into the spirit of Oktoberfest by dressing in traditional Bavarian attire and eating the traditional foods and tasting the imported beers on offer, while dancing to the beat of the ever-popular Kalendar Band.

These multi-talented musicians are much in demand for their authentic German sound and dynamic audience rapport.

The talented Karen Williams (aka Heidi the yodelling queen) and jazz musician Tom Nicolson will again be joining the band.

They entertain the crowd with oom pah pah and a floor show of traditional Bavarian folk dancing, cowbells, Swiss Alp Horn, yodelling and audience participation with as much knee slapping, toe tapping, slap dancing, hat dancing and chicken dancing as one can handle.

Lucky raffle winners will enjoy three nights accommodation on Heron Island (for two adults), including daily breakfast and transfers both ways from Gladstone, plus $500 spending money. Second prize is a 1.8ct cut yellow/blue pardi sapphire.

Licensing laws are strictly adhered to and prohibit alcohol from being brought in or taken out of the event.

Because of this restriction only sealed bottles of water will be permitted through the gate. Bags/eskies may be searched and/or restricted. ID will be required to verify age and a responsible adult must accompany minors.

This is a fantastic event on the CQ event calendar not to be missed.

The Emu Park Lions acknowledge the wonderful support of local businesses, sponsors, and community volunteers in staging this event. Profits raised will be distributed to a range of worthy causes.

EVENT INFO

Open from 11am to 10pm, Bell Park. Adult's $10 entry.

The usual Saturday Young's Bus Service will be operating with extra late night runs departing Emu Park for Yeppoon at 9.30pm and 9.45pm and two services to Rockhampton via Yeppoon at 10.30pm.

No dogs or eskies will be allowed into the venue.



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