From left, Patrick Jackson, 8, and Austin, 8, and Sophia Haley, 5, paint pumpkins at Oktoberfest on Friday.

Fort Hood will host its annual Oktoberfest event from 5 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 19, at the Sportsmen’s Pavilion on 53rd Street. 

The traditional German celebration is the world’s largest beer festival, recognized each year in cities around the world. The Fort Hood event has been well-attended, said Norma Hernandez, special events coordinator for Fort Hood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, with approximately 3,000 people taking part last year.

Previously, the festival was held on post during October, however, the date was moved up this year in order to coincide with kickoff date for the traditional celebration in Munich, Germany, Hernandez said.

Fort Hood’s event will include a costume contest, the strong man/woman contest, where participants must hold up 1 liter of water in a glass stein for as long as possible, a hammer and nail game called “Hammerschlagen,” live music from a four-piece tuba ensemble, The TubaMeisters, as well as the 1st Cavalry Division Band. A children’s area will be set up with face painting, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts and bounce houses.

Entry is free, and German food and beer will be available for purchase. Attendees can also purchase commemorative Oktoberfest steins.

Hernandez said the event is supposed to “bring a little bit of the festival to Fort Hood.”

Contact JC Jones at jcjones@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7464​

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