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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Hosts 5th Annual Hansie Awards


(Waterloo Region, ON – November 19, 2015) – The Festival may be over for another year, but the fun continued for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, as the winners of a number of Festival awards were announced at the 5th annual Hansie Awards, at the Alpine Club in Kitchener. The format of the annual awards ceremony included a red carpet entrance, complete with paparazzi, and a Rock your Tracht prize for the most outstanding embellishment to original German Tracht.

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky Ein Prosit Awards presented to bands that perform at the festhallen during the festival.

Large Band Category (5 Members or more) The Golden Keys
Small Band Category (4 Members or less) SevenCastles
People’s Choice (voted via text message) The Walter Ostanek Band

Best In Festin’ Awards presented to the Festhallen who showed the best Bavarian themes.

Large Festhalle (+600) - Concordia Club
Small Festhalle (-600) - Hubertushaus

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky Fester’s Choice Awards as voted on by Festhallen visitors, were presented in the following categories:

Best Family Day - Schwaben Club
Best Side Dish - Alpine Club (Strudel)
Best Band Audience Participation - Black Forest Band
Best Service - Transylvania Haus

Family & Cultural Events coordinated by the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest FCE Committee, were evaluated in the following categories:

Most Family Oriented - Oktoberfest Citizenship Ceremony
Most Oktoberfest Spirit - Waterloo Region Museum
Best New Event - Gymtoberfest
Best Overall Event - Cook Like Oma
Best Sporting Event - Bogenschuetzenfest

Media Meister Award 2015

91.5 The Beat - “Rappers Gemuetlichkeit”

So You Think You Can Tanz Winner

The Transylvania Club Youth Group Dancers

Sponsor of the Year

The Record

Most Engaged Sponsor


Volunteer Awards

Unsung Hero Award - Brian Chenier
Volunteers of the Year - Brad Coles and Brigette Budaker

Roll with the Punches Awards - Volunteers who "Rolled with the Punches" to make their events happen under difficult circumstances

Jean Weiler (Parade)
Danielle Fritsch (Schools Program)
Tim Hattle (Downtown)

Volunteer All Stars

Brian Whiffin - 5K
Alicia Panetta - 5K
Hillary Salvian - A Blooming Affair
Marjorie Wood - Conventions
Cindy Brissette - Conventions
Shannon Straus - Culinary
Catheryne McCutcheon - Culinary
Reed McKenzie - Downtown
Andy Teminski - Festival Entertainment
Rob Hesch - Festival Entertainment
Christine Watkins - Gemuetlichkeit
Darlene Kroisenbrunner - German Heritage
Marty Stanfel - Golf Experience
Tim Zinger - Golf Experience
Ali Bearinger - Marketing
Nicole Hamilton - Marketing
Tom Kret - Mascots
Jason Niblock - Mascots
Rich Van Donk - Maypole
Brian Madill - Maypole
Tracy McKechnie - Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball
Linda Zensner - Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball
Darren Jones - Parade
Eric Scheffler - Parade
Bengt Nyman - Schools Program
Margit Fritsch - Schools Program
Jen Halcrow - Special Projects
Elise Congi - Tour de Hans
Reinhold Schuster - Tour de Hans
Darlene Stegner - Women of the Year
Heather Rodger - Women of the Year

Most Rocked Tracht Award - Margit Fritsch (Mother Earth)

These groups and people truly reflect the hard working efforts of all volunteers affiliated with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.

Our 2016 Festival will be October 7th - October 15th, see you there!

About Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a not-for-profit Bavarian festival founded in 1969 by a group of volunteers committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada twin cities with German heritage. Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival celebrates German heritage, food, music and festivities and is supported by more than 50 not-for-profit organizations. The festival is operated by eight year-round full-time staff, over 480 volunteers and 1,300 community and service club volunteers that stage the nine-day festival each October promoting a unique German cultural experience. As well as the $22.2M economic boost the festival gives the local economy during the international festival, over $1.5 million is raised each year by the not-for-profit organizations associated with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, one of the top three most recognized event brands in Canada.
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For additional information:
Dave MacNeil
Executive Director
K-W Oktoberfest Inc.
519-570-4267 ext. 222


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