Kids rule Oktemberfest kick off

Kids invaded the courthouse lawn Thursday night for the opening day of Oktemberfest.

The evening began with children, parents and Marshalltown Community College basketball players dancing to Zumba in front of the courthouse.

After that, kids peddled along Main Street for the big wheel races.

Around 6 p.m., the children who entered the Little Mr. and Little Miss Oktemberfest stood on the courthouse steps, to find out which name would be drawn out of a hat to be given the title.

Nathalie Corral-Coronado, 6, was announced Little Miss Oktemberfest. Vanessa, her mother said she was very excited.

“She’s really excited she loves princesses and she’s always playing dress up and I know she is excited,” Corral-Coronado said. “I’m very excited and proud.”

Xayvion Thomas, 6, was announced Little Mr. Oktemberfest. Tachelle, his mother, said she is glad he won.

“I’m excited,” Tachelle said. “He is really excited. He wanted it bad, so I’m excited he won.”

Next, dozens of children in orange T-shirts lined up in the middle of Main Street to race in the Fun Run.

Brenda Reese had children who participated.

“It’s been pretty fun watching the kids run,” Reese said. “I have nine family members here. I come up every year. It’s fun to get out and about seeing everybody have fun.”

Zach Wahl, president of the Oktemberfest board, said he is happy for the community’s support.

“We had a great turn out,” Wahl said. “We are blessed to have a community that supports Oktemberfest.”

Jamal Gatali, a MCC basketball player, volunteered at the event.

“This is the community we play for in the school year, they come and support us during games, and they give us energy and help us with our games, it’s great to give back,” Gatali said.

Annie Phillips, 41, of Marshalltown, has been coming to Oktemberfest since she was 5 years old. She was at Kids Night with her children.

“I love coming here and just seeing a lot of kids having fun,” Phillips said.

Alyce Quastad, an Oktemberfest board member said she was pleased with how the evening went.

“We have more families down here than I think we have had in past years and a lot more activities for the kids, it’s just been fabulous,” Quastad said. “We have a great group of volunteers that helped us it was really nice.”

Friday the festivities continue with a spaghetti dinner, merchants and crafts show, classic car show, live music and food vendors.