Wilmington Oktoberfest Moves and Improves
WILMINGTON, N.C., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ — The organizers of the 8th Annual Wilmington Oktoberfest today announced their expanded lineup of events and activities to occur October 16 and 17, 2009, at their new location, Racine Commons Shopping Center. The event has moved from Independence Mall and will now benefit Child Advocacy & Parenting Place (CAPP) Center in Wilmington.
Festival mascot, “Anton”, delivered the announcement in thick Bavarian accent.
Features like the Kids Zone have been expanded and events such as the Weiner Dog Race – a humorous show of the dachshund breed popular at Oktoberfest events – highlight this year’s improvements.
Festival-goers will enjoy the authentic German sounds of the Harbour Towne Fest Band while eating brats with sauerkraut and drinking imported beers. A variety of souvenirs will be available. “The secret of the band,” says meister Anton, “is that they have more fun the those who watch them.” Anton continued, “But that fun is contagious, and soon everyone is in zee act.”
It all starts with the ceremonial delivery of the “first keg of Oktoberfest” on Friday, October 16, at 4:00 P.M. sharp at Racine Commons Shopping Center. A horse-drawn wagon, with band-on-board, will bring the keg down Racine Drive and to the mainstage. All present for the ceremony will enjoy free cover charge to the opening night of festivities. Main sponsor, Fat Tony’s Italian Pub, is providing the venue for the event.
Anton will be on-hand for autographs both days, handing out balloons and teaching the shy how to dance. The festival website www.WilmingtonOktoberfest.com offers a crash-course in at least one such dance.
Child Advocacy and Parenting Place Center is entering its 35th year of unbroken service to the Wilmington community as a one-stop entry point to provide the educational and support skills necessary for those parenting children, leading the way in promoting and implementing the steps and processes to prevent child abuse and neglect. CAPP provides community-based services for children from birth through early adolescence with services designed to (-) prevent child abuse and neglect by promoting nurturing families, (-) educate those parenting children and provide the skills for success and (-) assist families in achieving economic independence and self-sufficiency.
About Fat Tony’s Italian Pub
Fat Tony’s Italian Pub, a unit of Marzini Restaurants, LLC, has two Wilmington locations and specializes in homemade Italian food and a diverse selection of 24 draft beers in a fun pub environment. With furnishings from English pubs, a bar patterned after a pub in London, and an Italian racing sports theme, Fat Tony’s Italian Pub is part of new wave of U.S. gastro pubs made famous in Europe. The location in historic downtown Wilmington celebrated its 5th anniversary this year, and is home of historic downtown Wilmington’s annual ChowdaFest which takes place the second Saturday in November. Those hungry for more information may visit the company’s websites of http://www.fatpub.com or http://www.chowdafest.com .
SOURCE Marzini Restaurants, LLC