No need to take a drive over the Cascades to enjoy a fun Oktoberfest weekend, just ask the hundreds of people who joined in the festivities at Lake Stevens first-ever Oktoberfest.
The weekend started out Friday afternoon with carnival games for the young and the young at heart. Kids tossed bean bags, played Plinko and bowled inside the Lake Stevens Community Center. They spoke to local favorite, Watermelon Wilma who brought smiles to many faces as she made them balloon animals.
Over 3,000 pounds of pumpkins were colored, crafted and carved by kids of all ages on Saturday. Creativity abounded with scary, funny and clever faces peeking out of the hundreds of pumpkins in the downtown gazebo.
The Great Race was a hit for kids from five to 15 years old. Three different age categories raced around the downtown corridor in an effort to complete tasks and win the grand prize.
Everything from building a scarecrow to stuffing arms into goo made of Jell-O and cottage cheese in an effort to pull out a skeleton head was on the list of tasks required to win the race.
Lake Stevens School District hosted a table of “Guess How Many”. Kids had to guess how many pumpkins or apples were in the basket or how many pieces of candy corn was in the jar. Children had a great time trying to figure out the magic numbers.
As folks made their way down the food court they caught the aroma of everything from grilled burgers and beef kabobs to all types of hot dogs and fried shrimp. Frozen treats, cotton candy, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and nachos were offered as well.
No one went thirsty at Oktoberfest with a Bier Garden and Wine Garden for the adults and a Root Bier Garden for the kiddos, there was something for everyone!
The weekend ended with a youth dance at the Boys & Girls Club and great bands at both the Bier and Wine Gardens.
The Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce was pleased to bring Oktoberfest to Lake Stevens and look forward to an even bigger and better event next year.