The German American Social Club (GASC) of Cape Coral has chosen its next Mrs. Oktoberfest.
24-year-old Cheyenne Schwind was announced the winner, while Savannah Liebegott was first runner up and second runner up, Tanja Lambertus.
The winner will represent the club as “the face of Oktoberfest 2018”, scheduled for two weekends, Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28 at the German American Social Club.
Crowned Mrs. Oktoberfest 2018, Schwind has inherited a lot of responsibilities. She will make appearances in the club’s commercials ad TV/print advertising for the Oktoberfest and will take part in all activities during the two-week long event. Schwind is expected to learn the German cultural dancing styles, as well as some of the languages—as she will be addressing the public in both German and English.
“This is outside of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it because it’s an honor to represent my community and gives me a chance to learn about my heritage,” she said in a report.
Unlike most, Schwind already has lots of historic knowledge—as she has been attending the Cape Coral Oktoberfest with her Oma and Opa since she was a little child—and has had a continuous close-up view on what the position of Mrs. Oktoberfest entails.
“They worked all the time for the family business, Geier’s Sausage Kitchen, but they always made sure to take us grandkids there every year,” she said of her grandparents. “Also, my sister was Ms. Oktoberfest 2015 and I saw how welcoming the Club was and how there was a family atmosphere and how great it is to be more involved in our heritage.”
Nakita Egloff, her sister, said she will be supporting and mentoring her sister through the entire process, but Schwind will also have the unwavering support of a wealth of GASC community members assisting her with her roles and responsibilities.
Mrs. Oktoberfest 2017, Christine Kellerman and Oktoberfest organizer, Teresa Kohl, presented the honorary pageant sash to Schmidt.
“I’m very excited to begin volunteering and pouring beers with the GASC instead of just sitting down and looking pretty – although it’s been fun,” said Kellerman during the presentation.
The Cape Coral Oktoberfest is the largest party of the year in the Cape. Over the past decade the festival has attracted an average of around six million visitors a year, who consume almost seven million litres of beer and eat their way through thousands of grilled sausages, chickens, giant pretzels and wild oxen.
This year, tourists are expected to troop-in in numbers as 28 musicians are set to fly in from Germany to provide live, authentic entertainment. Its fame and popularity mean that Oktoberfest is a massive crowd-puller and as a constant, accommodation and transport have to be booked well in advance. Holiday autos can help tourists enjoy the full Oktoberfest experience without having to worry about taxi prices, schedules or bus stops. Tourist can move from one location to another and discover many places at little cost and enjoy their time.
“The Oktoberfest will go on until all the beer runs out,” joked Tom Rosiano of Zaks Jewelers, who has sponsored the event for 30-plus years.
For visitors searching for some genuine fare, there will also be lots of German food, including bratwurst, schniztel, and currywurst from The Doener, German Streetfood Restaurant of Cape Coral.
“We are cooking up a very cool surprise for Oktoberfest,” said manager Jenny Haenschen.
Founded as a non-political organization in July 1964, the German-American Social Club of Cape Coral began with a charter membership of 34. The purpose of the Club, right from inception is “to promote good fellowship with a variety of social activities, to perpetuate traditional German festivals such as Oktoberfest, Karneval, costume balls, folk dances and more to stimulate interest in the German language and customs.”
“You don’t have to be German to be a part of this club,” said GASC President, Robert Kraft.
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