This year’s Milford Oktoberfest, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22 at Fowler Field and sponsored by the Devon Rotary, will feature a 5K Run then Chug, on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.

Registration is $35 and includes entry fee, an official race shirt for the first 200 registrants, a special VIP ticket good for free admission on either day of the festival, soda and water for runners under 18 and, for adult runners, a free post-race beer.

The 3.1-mile/ three loop run starts at Fowler Field and follows a course that will take runners up to New Haven Avenue and down Gulf Street to Gulf Beach. It will then go back to Fowler Field.

Registration for the race starts at 9:30 a.m., The race will be followed by an awards ceremony at noon, which is also the time the festival itself opens for its second day.

“We are excited to add this new signature event to our Oktoberfest! Fun for participants and audience!” said John Kuehnle, Devon Rotary president.

Top sponsor for the race is Milford Point Brewing. Entry forms and other information are available at https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Milford/OktoberfestRunthenChug .

The Milford Oktoberfest, now in its 30th year, officially gets underway on Friday, the day before the race, with a Happy Hour from 5 to 6p.m. at Fowler Field, featuring free admission, discounts on beer and a special VIP ticket for all attendees.

Following the Happy Hour will be the official “Tapping of the Keg,” by Milford Mayor Ben Blake at 6 p.m., followed by dancing to the music of The Elwoods and The Blue Collar Band, until 10 p.m. On Saturday, Alpaca Gnomes and The Rumrunners , will provide the music.

Also featured at the festival will be German beer, German food, German music and German dancers.

For more information, go to www.devonrotary.org or https://www.facebook.com/milfordoktoberfest/

About Devon Rotary

The Devon Rotary of Milford, Connecticut, is composed business professionals who are dedicated to serving their community and its needs by volunteering and fundraising. Members meet every Wednesday at 7:45 a.m., at The Bridge House Restaurant, 49 Bridgeport Avenue, in the Devon section of Milford, CT. Meetings are open to the public and membership is available. Please contact President John Kuehnle at jkuehnle@infinexgroup.com for more information. To learn more about the Devon Rotary, visit www.devonrotary.org .

Rotary International is an international service organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-sectarian and open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are just over 23,000 Rotary clubs worldwide, with 1.2 million individual members, known as Rotarians. To learn more about Rotary, visit www.rotary.org.