At a gala black tie event, Vanessa Buttinger was crowned Miss Oktoberfest 2016, making her the 48th Miss Oktoberfest since the festival’s inception. Vanessa was sponsored by Shopify Plus.
A lifelong resident of Kitchener-Waterloo, Vanessa has recently completed her Bachelor of Business Administration Program at Laurier, and was President of the Lazaridis Students’ Society in her fourth year. During her time as President, the Society executed some of the largest events in the organization’s history and introduced many new benefits to students.
Since graduation, Vanessa has decided to stay in Waterloo Region to work as a Business Development Representative at Shopify Plus. In this role she works with enterprise level merchants currently processing millions of dollars through their online retail businesses. Vanessa has been involved with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest since being a child, from watching the parade with her family, to eventually walking the route with the Maypole float. Her family has volunteered with the Festival for years and attending Family Day events with her Father is a tradition that she cherishes. She has been a member of the Gemuetlichkeit Committee and this year sits on the Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run Committee. She takes great pride in the Kitchener-Waterloo community and firmly believes that Oktoberfest is so much more than a giant party, it is a cultural and family event that brings us all together.
Vanessa is excited to begin her time as Miss Oktoberfest and to represent the community in a role that means so much to her. Growing up in Kitchener-Waterloo, she has always enjoyed the Festival and admired Miss Oktoberfest.