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Oktober Fest features pumpkin decorating contest for all ages

Among attractions and activities planned for Mandan’s first annual Oktober Fest on Saturday, Sept. 28, is a pumpkin decorating contest. The contest has four age divisions: six and under, seven to 12, 13 to 18, and adults. Prizes will be awarded to at least the top three entries in each age division. Other special prizes may be awarded at judges’ discretion.

Pumpkins may be decorated through a variety of ways including, but not limited to, carving, painting and accessorizing.

Free pumpkins for the decorating contest will be available to first 100 participants up to age 12 from Sept. 23 to 27 or until the supply runs out at the MPO office, 411 W Main Street. The contest is being sponsored in part by Vanessa Masseth and Susie Q’s Craft Emporium.

Contestants should bring their decorated pumpkins to the craft tent in Dykshoorn Park on Sept. 28 between the hours of 8 and 10:30 a.m. All pumpkins need to be tagged with the entrant’s name, age, and phone number. Winners will be announced between 3:30 and 4 p.m. at the band shell. Participants may pick up their pumpkins between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m. Unclaimed pumpkins may remain on display in the park or at the MPO office.

Pumpkins will be displayed outdoors at Oktober Fest. Participants enter their pumpkin for display at their own risk. Oktober Fest organizers are not responsible for the loss, theft or damage to pumpkins.

Oktober Fest un Mandan celebrates harvest and the German heritage of many of the area’s residents. Gates open for public admission at 11 a.m. and the event runs through 11 p.m. The festival offers a variety of food booths, live music, craft tent, farmer’s market, and a hop brau haus or beer tent with a beer tasting from 4 to 6 p.m. Activities include pumpkin chucking, a straw bale maze, autumn photo booth, face painting, and visits with N.D. Park and Recreation mascot “Roscoe the Raccoon.” Admission is $5 with ages 12 and under welcomed free of charge

The entertainment line-up is the Hungry Five at 11:30 a.m., Mylo Hatzenbuhler at 1:15 p.m., Johnny Vincent at 2:30 p.m., The Gefroh Brothers at 4 p.m. and Rift from 7 to 11 p.m.

The Hop Brau Haus, open from noon to 11 p.m., will have a cash bar and snacks. A beer tasting hosted by McQuade Distributing and Jerome Distributing takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Twenty craft beers will be available including the official beer of the 2013 Oktoberfest un Mandan, which is Buffalo Commons Brewing Company Wind Blown Wheat, made in Mandan by Ted Hoffman. A “tapping of the keg” ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. and happy hour contests will challenge participants to beer stein holding, a beer stein relay and more. Beer tasting tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Obtain tickets at Station West Bar & Grill at 412 W Main, the Harvest Brazilian Grill at 308 W Main, or at the MPO office.

Oktober Fest un Mandan is coordinated by the Mandan Progress Organization. For details about Oktober Fest, visit or call the office at 751-2983.