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competition, and the keg-throwing event. Saturday saw a continuation of these classic Oktoberfest fun challenges. Live music, from polka favourites to classic rock, entertained the Oktoberfest audience throughout the weekend. Visitors to the fairgrounds also had the chance to watch the craft beer competition results. Those inclined to their own homebrewing and looking for a new challenge got to sign up for some lessons at the School of Bock.

It may not be October yet, but it’s close enough for everyone who loves a good Oktoberfest. The annual Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest over the September 24 weekend was filled with fun and fantastic festivities for everyone, along with lots of good locally-brewed beer to slake anyone’s thirst. The fun kicked off early Friday afternoon with the opening of the fairgrounds as food and drink vendors set up their kiosks... The fun kicked off early Friday afternoon with the opening of the fairgrounds as food and drink vendors set up their kiosks and presented a cosmopolitan smorgasbord of delightful dishes ranging from English “pub grub” to wholesome natural organic dessert fare. Several tent “taverns” were set up around the fairgrounds to provide visitors with glasses and steins foaming over with a variety of beers from amber ale to lager. Following the Oktoberfest parade through town down to the fairgrounds for the official start of the festival, spectators crowded around the festival staging areas for the opening evening rounds of the traditional sausage-eating contest, the stein-holding

The Real Bananas Michelle Chouinard (left), Jessica Vu, and Alexandre Beaudry prove that looking good for a sausage-eating contest is almost as good as winning it. —photo Gregg Chamberlain

Master accordion-playerWalter Ostanek and his band kept toes tapping with a mix of polka favourites and classic rock. —photo Gregg Chamberlain

Bavarianmiss Kristina Bromley (left) and Sophia Giaccone show the strain of trying to win the Stein-holding Contest. —photo Gregg Chamberlain

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Joe Roberts knows what it’s like to be homeless and living on the streets. That was his life when he was young, and he wants to make sure, with a bit of help from good people in Hawkesbury and other communities, that never happens again to any of Canada’s children. Roberts, a successful Ontario businessman now, has been on the road since May 1. He expects to finish his 9000-kilometre journey sometime in late fall next year.“Probably one of the biggest wins,” he said, “has been getting to talk with young people who are street-involved. When you can see their eyes, see the hurt and brokenness, and then see them light up a little bit with hope.” Formore information on The Push for Change project, go to Pictured is Roberts leaving Québec behind himas he crosses over le Pont Long Sault intoOntarioThursday morning, Sept. 22. — photo Gregg Chamberlain

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