Oktoberfest kicked off at 10AM with the Good Samaritan Care Center Dachshund RaceWalk, Fashion Show, Talent Show. The Fashion & Talent segments were open to all breeds.
Dachshunds originated many hundreds of years ago in Germany. The Dachshund was bred to hunt, "Dachs" is the word for badger. Thus, a perfect way to start Oktoberfest.
Barbara Ulmer from Syracuse brought her 13 year old dachshund Sadie. Char Thompson of Cole Camp brought her dachshunds Ginger & Ladie. She also brought Hercules, her senior chihuahua, for the Talent & Fashion show. Ladonna Logan of Cole Camp brought her young dachshund, Princess. Also attending with Judy Haushahn were the 7 Bells Sanctuary dachshunds Lil Hans, Elsa, Lucie & Daisy. Bubbles the poodle came for the Fashion Show.
Mildred Duffey of Cole Camp registered the pets & owners. She gave the racers their "Ready, Set, Go!" Pat Thompson of Topeka KS assisted Mildred with the finish line results, raising the orange barrier as racers crossed the finish line. Young children attending passed out the prizes which included doggy biscuits from Heimsoth Bros. Feed Store.
The grand finale was the "Duck" always a fun time with the children that attended to participate in the Duck Dance. The "Duck" was led by activity director Jo Birch.
It was a howling good time with a few barks thrown in to bring smiles to residents, staff & visitors. Folks were then able to head downtown to the rest of the Oktoberfest activities.
The 2008 Oktoberfest celebration in downtown Cole Camp combined with the 1st Prairie Day celebration. This portion consisted of tours of the Hi Lonesome Prairie, games for kids, and prairie oriented exibits.
There also was antique automobiles and tractors along with Hit-n-Mis engines on display and then the traditional German music in the Jaycee Gardens.
Some of the activities, but not all, were captured with the following pictures.
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Pictures taken by Art Heimsoth