German food, music and competitions are planned for this year’s Oktoberfest, hosted Friday night by Fort Hood’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

“We’re really trying to make it feel more authentic this year,” said Rikki Addy, a special events coordinator with the directorate.

There will be authentic German food for purchase, German band Das Ist Lustig (That’s Fun) performing and a beer tent. Also for adults, there will be several contests and competitions with chances to win prizes, including a beer stein race, a strong man competition, most festive Oktoberfest costume and yodeling contest, Addy said.

“We had strong man competition last year, but this year we expanded on that,” Addy said. “If you don’t want to participate, it’s fun to watch.”

There’s also plenty of family fun for the kids to enjoy, including a pumpkin patch, face painting, an arts and craft area and bounce houses.

“It’s definitely a family event,” said Addy, adding there is something for everyone at Oktoberfest.

The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. and will conclude at 10 p.m. Friday in the Phantom Warrior Center Parking Lot, building 194 on 37th Street. The event is free and open to all. For more information, call (254) 288-7835 or go to

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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