LAKELAND, FL (September 13, 2018) — Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland will feature plenty of German cheer along with a variety of exciting games and competitions on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Old favorites and new exciting challenges await competitors. There are individual games along with a partner competition in the Outrageous Olympiad at the event. Participation in all the events is more important than ever because there are bragging rights on the line. The Games are open to all Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland guests and are free to play.
The Mustache (& Beard) Competition is sponsored by three local barbers – Lakeland Barber Company, Mason Danger Beard Co, and Skully’s Mobile Barber Shop. There will be a number of categories to compete in, depending on your facial follicle preference. The pre-judging Qualification is at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Official Mustache Competition at 8:00 p.m. The categories for the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest 2018 Mustache Competition are: Natural Mustache, Freestyle Mustache, Natural Goatee, Freestyle Goatee (whether it’s a Fu Manchu, Musketeer, or your own styled creation this category is for you), Natural Full Beard (this category is sure to draw heated competition) and, Freestyle Full Beard. Prizes include Deluxe Beard Kits, T-shirts, and barber services.
How long can you hoist? Join us at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland 2018 for your chance to become the 2018 Stein Hoisting Champion! ?Do some quick curls, then come on out and try your hardest to hold up a stein mug filled with delicious Oktoberfest beer the longest! ?The game is simple, how long can you hold a glass stein filled to the brim with liquid and held by a straight ninety degree (90°) arm in front of entrant, parallel to the floor with elbows locked. Once entrant’s elbow bends or spills or drops the stein, the entrant loses the contest. Longest time wins the contest.
Looking to partner up? Grab a friend and toss the bratwurst for the Brat Toss. Teams must complete a toss to-and-fro and catch the Brat in their bucket. Careful not to break it as you may end up tossing twice as much. The team that tosses the Brat the farthest distance wins!
The Chicken Dance is a competition for everybody and there will be plenty of opportunities to shake your tail feathers. Throughout the evening, make sure to join in the dance when you hear the song. Don’t worry about looking silly – that is the point! It is important to dance whenever you can to make sure your team has the most dancers by the songs end to win.
The children will not be left out! At Kinder Platz on Kentucky Avenue, competitions include Ein, Zwei, Drei… Halt! – also called the “Number Game” – is similar to “Red Light, Green Light.” The Koffer Packen game in English is “Packing a Suitcase” and is similar to a memory game. Finally, a Root Beer Stein Obstacle Race is a test of speed versus patience. How fast can you run around the obstacle course, both hands full of root beer, without spilling any precious root beer? Each racer will run the course holding two Steins full of root beer, one in each hand! Be careful not to spill any root beer because each ounce lost adds one second to your time!
Registration for all games is on the event website: www.SwantoberFest.com under the “More” tab, and then select “Game-Rules.”
The complete event schedule is listed below:
Main Stage, Outrageous Olympiad & Family Cool Garten by Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.
5:00 PM – Official SwantoberFest Willkommen by Suncoast Credit Union & Beer Tapping by Swan Brewing
5:30 PM – Pre-judging qualification for Official Mustache Competition
6:00 PM – The Europa Band performs!
6:30 PM – Chicken Dance Competition
6:45 PM – Stein Hoisting Competition for Adults
7:30 PM – Brat Toss
7:45 PM – Champion Olympiad for Top 10 Winner
8:00 PM – Official Mustache Competition & Treasure Hunt Winner Announcement
Business Expo (Ausstellers)
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Exhibitors and vendors display their goods & services for the community
Autobahn by Fields Auto Group / Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) / Fields BMW Lakeland
5:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Open (Tennessee Ave)
Kinder Platz by 2Infinity Entertainment Center (Kentucky Ave)
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Open with Got Candy Root Beer Garden, Bungee-Run, and more!
5:15 PM – Ein, Zwei, Drei… Halt! Game
6:15 PM – Koffer Packen Game
7:15 pm – Root Beer Stein Obstacle Race
German Feast Tent hosted & operated by the North Lakeland Rotary Club and the Christina Lakeland Rotary Club
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Traditional Bratwursts & Pretzels available for purchase
Beverage Tent by Budweiser & Beck’s
5:00 PM – Bottled Water, Beer, and Cider for purchase
9:30 PM – Last call for beer and cider
Lakeland Chamber Tent
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Purchase beverage tickets, bottled water, information, and media credentials
Official T-Shirts available for purchase at the Boondock Studios tent
VIP Experience Tent by Swan Brewing
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Open for VIP pass-holders to relax
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – VIP Experience at Explorations V Children’s Museum
Title Sponsor: Suncoast Credit Union
Artist Sponsor: Boondock Studios
Print Media Sponsor: Ledger Media Group
Radio Media Sponsor: WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio
Beverage Sponsor: Bernie Little Distributors / Budweiser & Beck’s
German Feast Tent Sponsors: Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Lakeland North Rotary Club
Food Sponsors: Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated and Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Autobahn Sponsor: Fields Auto Group – Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) and Fields BMW Lakeland
Family Cool Garten Sponsor: Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.
Kinder Platz Sponsor: 2Infinity Entertainment Center
VIP Experience Sponsor: Swan Brewing
Patron Sponsor: Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Centers and Premier Party Rentals
Root Beer Garden Sponsor: Got Candy & More Food Truck
Media Partners: LkldNow.com, LKLD Haven Magazine, and The Ledger
ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION SWANTOBERFEST
The Lakeland Chamber is proud to announce Suncoast Credit Union as the title sponsor of Lakeland’s only Oktoberfest-themed celebration! Like a traditional Oktoberfest, our event will offer sights, sounds, and tastes that are Bavarian-inspired. Lakeland residents will have a chance to celebrate Octoberfest-style in Munn Park in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs. Be there to help tap the inaugural keg at 5 PM on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off! This community-wide event in Munn Park will be free to attend and feature a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. Activities include German-style competitions, treasure hunt, and live music by The Europa Band. VIP passes will be available for an extra-special experience, including a Child’s VIP pass – think Root Beer Garden! To register as vendor-exhibitor at the event, please click here or at https://bit.ly/2JlSL0m. To learn more about the event, visit the website at SwantoberFest.com.
ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION
Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.2 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 65 full-service branches and serves more than 785,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, Facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU
ABOUT THE LAKELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.