The Glengarry News

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest headliners

publisher Jun 14, 2018 - 10:12am

Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill has kicked off its 2018 ticket sales today, with an announcement of the musical acts for this year’s festival. East Coast rocker Joel Plaskett and his band The Emergency will be headlining September 21, and Canadian power-pop legends Sloan will be performing September 22. Supporting acts include Weaves, The Flatliners, Fred Penner, Dubmatique, The Kingpins, and Wolf Saga.

Beau’s Oktoberfest is marking its 10th year in 2018 as the signature fundraising event for Beau’s Brewing Co.

Last year’s festival attracted 20,000 over two days, and raised $100,205 for charity and local community groups. Since 2009, the festival has generated $616,889 in funds for good work projects.

Record Oktoberfest

publisher Sep 27, 2017 - 11:02am

More than 20,000 festival-goers helped Beau’s Brewery set a new record for fundraising at the ninth annual Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill.

A sum of $100,205 was collected for projects and charities, surpassing the $75,000 goal, and bringing the nine-year total to $616,889. “This is amazing!” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “This Oktoberfest was definitely warmer than we’re used to, and the spirit of generosity was just as strong as the sunshine. I love seeing Vankleek Hill come to life with such a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere every year we do this.”

The United Way Charity Bike Ride took place again this year, raising more than $35,000 for an initiative called “All That Kids Can Be.”

Among the beneficiaries are the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital Foundation and the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society,which will each receive $10,000.

Beau’s Oktoberfest 2017 - By the Numbers*

 * Funds raised: $100,205
 * 2017 attendance: 20,515
 * Litres of beer and cider served: 31,570
 * People who took bus shuttles to get home safely: 3,741
 * Portions of food prepared: 46,400
 * Litres of local spring water served: 3,780
 * Beers entered in Homebrew Competition: 477
 * Number of festival volunteers: 785 plus 130 Beau’s staff
 * Total artists/performers: 162
 * Keg-toss event participants: 169
 * Pieces of dishes & cutlery washed to reduce waste: 38,000
 * Sunday “Beer Brunches” served: 277
 * Total RVs and tents in camping area: 524
 * Ferris Wheel rides: 1,017