Events & Activities – October 2, 3, & 4, 2014
Contest entry forms are available on the Registration Forms section of our website, or they may be picked up at City Hall, 309 N. Chestnut, Seymour, IN 47274.
OKTOBERFEST BIER GARTEN
SPONSORED BY: THE SEYMOUR KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Oktoberfest Bier Garten was sponsored this year by the Knights of Columbus of Seymour. The Bier Garten is located in the PNC Bank parking lot near the corner of 2nd and Walnut Streets in downtown Seymour. A special thanks to PNC Bank for allowing the use of their parking lot for this special feature of the Oktoberfest.
A gathering spot for friends to hold reunions and socialize, the Bier Garten is a popular place to meet friends. The German Band plays nearby, adding to the festive atmosphere.
OKTOBERFEST BAKING CONTEST
SPONSORED BY: Kemper CPA Group
Each year Kemper CPA Group, sponsors a baking contest. Baked pies and cakes are brought in for judging on Thursday morning, and prizes are awarded at the North Stage at the 5:30 p.m. official opening ceremony of the Oktoberfest. Contestants must be 18 years of age and reside in Jackson County, Indiana. You can register ahead of time with the entry form on the link below, or you can read the info on how to enter on Thursday morning when you bring in your pie or cake (must be submitted by noon on Thursday).
New This Year – Kid’s Category – 18 And Under – Two Categories, Cake And Candy – Prizes Awarded To Three Winners. See Rules & Regulations For More Information!
- First, second & third prizes are awarded in each category : 1st – $100, 2nd – $50, and 3rd $25
- Contestants may enter only one product in each category.
- Winners will be announced at the 5:00 opening ceremonies on Thursday at the North Stage
- Cakes and pies will be judged by a panel of judges, and after judging, all pies and cakes are donated to a local homeless shelter.
OKTOBERFEST 5K WALK/RUN/WHEELCHAIR RACE
ORGANIZED BY: THE SEYMOUR OKTOBERFEST, INC.
SPONSORED BY: SEYMOUR OKTOBERFEST, INC.,
MAYOR CRAIG LUEDEMAN AND THE CITY OF SEYMOUR
The annual 5K walk/run will be held on Saturday, October 5th at 8:00 a.m. at the Seymour High School Pool area. Local people, as well as many of our visitors, take part in this annual race. Individuals as well as whole families can participate and take home a 5K Race shirt, as well as have an opportunity to win one of many awards.
- Awards are given to the winners in 13 different age categories for both men and women, in both walking and running.
- Trophies presented to: Overall Winner- men (in all 3 events), Overall Winner –women (in all 3 events), and Medals awarded to First and Second Place of each of 13 age divisions in each category.
SEYMOUR OKTOBERFEST PARADE
Each year a huge parade is held on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The parade begins at the high school on Community Drive, and proceeds east on 2nd Street to the downtown Oktoberfest area, turning north on Walnut Street and winding back to Community Drive. For the fourth straight year, the parade trophies and ribbons are sponsored by The Tribune, Jackson County’s only daily newspaper.
The parade has 100 entries, including clowns, bands, dancers, floats, antique vehicles, patriotic units, kings and queens, cheerleaders, and more make this parade one of the largest in southern Indiana. Trophies are awarded for first and second place in thirteen different categories. A special trophy is awarded to the unit selected by the Oktoberfest Board as best displaying the Oktoberfest theme.
OKTOBERFEST WINDOW DECORATING CONTEST
SPONSORED BY: THE SEYMOUR OKTOBERFEST
Each year the Oktoberfest sponsors a window decorating contest for merchants in the downtown area. Monetary prizes are awarded for the best display of an Oktoberfest/German theme.
Be sure to check out the downtown stores while you are in Seymour visiting the Oktoberfest!
LUEHRS’ IDEAL RIDES
Each year the Oktoberfest sponsors a carnival in downtown Seymour, located at the Ashcraft Parking lot in the 100 block of 2nd Street. Children of all ages enjoy the carnival area, with the games, giant slide, kiddie rides, and the bigger thrill rides for those who enjoy more excitement.
OKTOBERFEST TALENT CONTEST
SPONSORED BY: SEYMOUR OCTOBERFEST, INC. AND JACKSON COUNTY COMMUNITY THEATER
The Oktoberfest Talent contest, featuring Curt Nichols as MC, is a popular event. Open only to non-professionals (persons who do not earn money for their talents), it is held on Saturday night of the Oktoberfest at 7:30 p.m. Young people and adults are encouraged to enter.
DEADLINE TO ENTER – FRIDAY, OCT. 3RD!
OKTOBERFEST BABY CONTEST
SPONSORED BY: JACKSON PARK FAMILY PHYSICIANS RELAY FOR LIFE
A chance to show off your own delightful little one! The Baby contest is held on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. on the North Stage. There is a $5.00 charge to enter, and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life to fight cancer.
- There are 4 age groups, 0-6 months, 7-12 months, 12-24 months, and 25 months-3 years
- There is a special category for twins, age 0-3 years
- First place winners will receive trophies, and 2nd and 3rd place winners receive ribbons in each category.
- All babies must be registered by Friday, 8:30 p.m. to be in the Saturday contest. No entries will be accepted on Saturday morning. See contest rules and entry form for details.
OKTOBERFEST BALLOON GLOW AND HOT AIR BALLOON RACE
SPONSORED BY RE/MAX PROFESSIONALS OF SEYMOUR AND THE SEYMOUR OKTOBERFEST
The annual HOT AIR BALLOON RACE, called a ‘Hare and Hounds’ race, sponsored by RE/MAX Professionals and the Seymour Oktoberfest, is always an exciting and well-attended event and will be held this year on Saturday afternoon, October 5th in the field behind the high school, 2nd Street and Community Drive. Watchers are invited to come early (around 4:15 p.m.) to go out on the field to see the huge, beautiful balloons fill with hot air and get ready for takeoff. What a beautiful sight, and a real photo opportunity! At the signal, the ‘Hare’ Re/Max balloon ascends into the sky, and the other brightly colored balloons from several different states quickly follow. RE/MAX provides $2000 in prize money to be awarded each year to the winner or winners, based on their ability to drop their marker the closest to the place that is selected by the ‘Hare’ balloon. A special treat is the BALLOON GLOW on Friday evening from 7:30 – 8:30 in front of Seymour High School on Community Drive.
Want to enter your balloon? Call RE/MAX at 812-522-8448.
OKTOBERFEST ‘ONE KIDS SQUARE’ / ‘KINDERPLATZ NUMMER EINS’
SPONSORED BY: AISIN, USA, INC.
Parents of children under ten years of age should not miss the opportunity to stop by ‘One Kids Square’, on the corner of St. Louis Avenue and S. Chestnut Street, to enjoy crafts, storytelling, coloring, and painting, which are featured in this area. This area was set up especially for the young ones, who enjoy their own kind of entertainment at the festival.
Kids – Are you tired of the rides? Had your fill of good food and ready for a break? Stop by and relax and enjoy the special area, just for you.
OKTOBERFEST FLEA MARKET
SPONSORED BY: FIRST METHODIST CHURCH OF SEYMOUR
Adjacent to the downtown Oktoberfest, at the corner of 3rd and Ewing Streets in the downtown area, you will find a flea market. With many interesting items for sale, both new and antique, this area is for you if you are looking for a bargain or for a special item.
Its’s easy to locate the flea market once you get to the Oktoberfest – just look for the big church parking lot with all the interesting booths!
OKTOBERFEST PRINCE AND PRINCESS
SPONSORED BY: BETA KAPPA CHAPTER OF EPSILON SIGMA ALPHA SORORITY
Each year, the Oktoberfest crowns a Prince and Princess of the Oktoberfest. Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority sponsors the contest. This will be the 41st year for a Prince and Princess to be crowned.
All boys and girls who are residents of Jackson County and are between the ages of 6 and 10 before the Oktoberfest begins are eligible to enter. The winning Prince and Princess are determined by who raises the most money. All contestants who turn in money will receive a prize.
Funds raised by this project will benefit various philanthropic projects, including healthcare scholarships, local charities, Camp Riley for handicapped children, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
BRAT EATING CONTEST
SPONSORED BY: CIRCLE K, PEPSI-COLA BOTTLERS OF SEYMOUR AND
RADIO STATION WJAA
Held on the Oktoberfest North Stage located at 3rd and Chestnut Streets at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5th, the annual brat eating contest is a favorite among contestants and spectators. The Seymour High School Football Parents Club will cook the brats. The bleachers are overflowing with people cheering on their favorite contestant!
First place winner who eats the most naked brats in 10 minutes receives $500 Cash for the contestant and a $250 donation to your favorite 501(c)3 Charity, as well as a Trophy. Second place wins a trophy and $150, 3rd place a trophy and $50.
All contestants entering by e-mail must have their entry in by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the competition. Entries will be accepted at the Information Booth until 2:00 p.m. on the day of the contest.