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  • July 21, 2016

    A Champion for Children’s Mental Health


    Tara Hebblethwaite Chairperson of A Blooming Affair Fashion Show and Miss Oktoberfest 2013.

    “We are not alone with our mental illness. When we work together, we replace ‘I’ with ‘We’… and that changes ‘illness’ to ‘wellness’.” – Tara Hebblethwaite.

    Tara Hebb

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  • July 18, 2016

    Brittany Graul was Miss Oktoberfest in 2011. Now, she’s Grand’s cover model.


    Brittany Graul, Grand Magazine’s Newest Cover Girl
    Meet the Model:
    By Brian Williams
    JULY AUGUST EDITION 2016

    When you begin to interview Brittany Graul, she tries to make you believe there isn’t much to talk about. Just a laid-back farm girl going about her business. Easygoing and soft-spoken, yes. Uninteresting, no. She was Miss Oktoberfest 2011, a

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  • July 06, 2015

    Miss Oktoberfest 2013, Tara Hebblethwaite


    What inspired you to become a Miss Oktoberfest candidate?
    Being born and raised in the region of Kitchener-Waterloo, Oktoberfest was always a part of my life in different experiences each year and seeing/meeting Miss Oktoberfest was always a highlight; but, becoming ‘her’ never crossed my mind as something I could do.  However, after graduating from the Un

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  • June 17, 2015

    Miss Oktoberfest Candidate, Mel Williamson


    What inspired you to become a Miss Oktoberfest candidate?
    I did it all for the schnitzel!
    As much as free Schnitzel is a perk, I was inspired to run for Miss Oktoberfest for a myriad of reasons. First and foremost, Oktoberfest has been an iconic festival of rich tradition and culture for Kitchener-Waterloo, being born and raised in K-W gave me a love for a

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  • June 03, 2015

    Miss Oktoberfest 2011, Brittany Graul


    What inspired you to become a Miss Oktoberfest candidate?
    I remember seeing Miss Oktoberfest out and about during the festival over the years, but never thought much of it. It wasn’t until a family friend encouraged (ie basically forced me) to consider the role that I took a hard look at what being Miss Oktoberfest was all about. After religiously readi

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  • May 14, 2015

    Miss Oktoberfest 2014, Lindsay Kalbfleisch


    What inspired you to become a Miss Oktoberfest candidate?

    In the spring of 2014 (so, like, six months before I ran for Miss O), a colleague of mine suggested I run. When I laughed awkwardly until I realized she was serious, she said something along the line of “No really. It isn’t a pageant thing anymore. You just need to be a people person and a strong

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