47th Oktoberfest: Miss Oktoberfest crowned, Tad’s on the Rock wins Bier Barrell Race

Miss Oktoberfest candidates, from left: Kristin Tukker, Justyna Grabowski, Jennifer Sproule, Kaitlyn Outzen (crowned Miss Oktoberfest) and Megan Streeter. (Photo by Fred Krauss)

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The German Society hosted the 47th Annual Oktoberfest Oct. 21-22 at Loves Park City Hall.

Kaitlyn Outzen, a senior at Machesney Park Harlem High School, was crowned the 2011 Miss Oktoberfest at the Miss Oktoberfest Pageant Oct. 21. Outzen will receive a $300 educational scholarship.

German Society of Rockford President Toni Beck said: “There were five highly qualified candidates for the Miss Oktoberfest crown this year. It was definitely a hard choice, as each one presented excellent qualifications for the title.”

Candidates for Miss Oktoberfest, in order, were first runner-up Justyna Grabowski of Rock Valley College, receiving a $100 educational scholarship; second runner-up Jennifer Sproule of Rockford East High School, receiving a $50 educational scholarship; third runner-up Megan Streeter of Rockford Auburn High School, receiving a $50 educational scholarship; and fourth runner-up Kristin Tukker of Machesney Park Harlem High School, receiving a $50 educational scholarship.

Tad’s on the Rock Bier Barrel race winning team rolling for Walter Lawson’s Children’s Home. (Photo by Fred Krauss)

Saturday, Oct. 22, the inaugural Bier Barrel Race for Charity was held benefiting local charities. Four teams came forward to show their support of local charity by rolling against each other to earn bragging rights and to win money for the charity they chose to represent.

The teams were Maverick Media, rolling for United Way; 3 Sheets Pub of Rockton, rolling for Alzheimer’s Association; Tad’s on the Rock Bar & Grill of Loves Park, rolling for Walter Lawson’s Children’s Home; and Whiskey’s Roadhouse of Rockford, rolling for Kishwaukee Valley A.B.A.T.E.

Tad’s on the Rock came away in first place with a winning time in seconds of 33:46. They received a trophy, bragging rights and the German Society of Rockford has donated $150 to the Walter Lawson’s Children’s Home in the team’s name.

Mikhaele Renton, team member for Tad’s on the Rock, said: “This was the best time we have had in a long time. We never expected to have such a great time, but it was a blast rolling against the other teams! We wanted to stay longer after the race, but had another charitable event we were participating in directly following.”

Tad’s on the Rock left immediately following the race to participate in another event for charity in the Rockford area, but not before taking time out for some celebratory chanting and winner’s circle photos.

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