Tens of thousands of people will flock to Minster for the 47th annual Oktoberfest celebration this weekend, a tradition that grew from a small celebration of heritage in 1975 into a highlight of the year for the West Central Ohio village featuring music, food and drinks, games, arts and crafts and a parade over three fun-filled days.

The Minster Oktoberfest began in 1975, presented by the Jaycees (now the Minster Journeymans Club) and the Kiwanis club (now the Minster Service Club) and has grown ever since.

The opening ceremony is set for noon on Saturday.

Eighteen contestants will vie for the Little Miss Oktoberfest sash at 10 a.m. on Saturday, while seven contestants will vie for the Miss

Oktoberfest crown at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Minster Oktoberfest Parade, with Grand Marshal,Gerry Huelsman, presiding over Sunday’s procession along with the newly crowned Miss Oktoberfest and Little Miss Oktoberfest, rolls out at 2 p.m.

The competitive Oktoberfest Classic 10k run starts at the high school at 9:30 a.m. with top runners competing for cash and door prizes. There will also be a one-mile fun run.

Beer tray relays start at 2 p.m. on Fourth Street on Saturday.

The jug hoist will be on Saturday at 4 p.m. following the beer tray relays.

For a full preview, check out this week's edition of The Community Post.

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