Fort Belvoir will bring the Army’s newest healthy lifestyle initiative, the Healthy Army Communities “Be Strong Tour” to this year’s annual Oktoberfest, which attracts thousands of people from the National Capital Region.

Through healthier options, innovative initiatives and active living, the Healthy Army Communities initiative, works with Army leadership and community partners to encourage a culture of healthy living, lifestyle and better healthier choices for the total Army community. This includes active-duty service members, reservists, families, civilians and retirees.

“Healthy Army Communities is our commitment to help everyone live healthier lives,” said Col. Michael Greenberg, Fort Belvoir garrison commander. “We’re proud to welcome the Be Strong Tour to our community and look forward to a fun-filled event.”

As part of their Army-wide effort to change the culture and reshape military communities, Healthy Army Communities partnered with Army FMWR to launch the BE STRONG Tour, a two-day event focused on promoting healthy lifestyles for people of all ages. The Be Strong Tour will feature the BE STRONG Healthy Cooking Challenge with celebrity chefs, Alpha Warrior Obstacle Course featuring celebrity demonstrations and competitions, community fun run, and musical and comedic entertainment.

The 23rd annual Fort Belvoir Belvoir’s Oktoberfest is free and open to the public. Each day features traditional polka music, tasty German foods and beverages, carnival rides for young and old, pony rides and more. ATM machines will be available on site; credit cards will be accepted for beer and wine purchases.

Oktoberfest includes a traditional German Volksmarch, which is an 11- kilometer walk along a historic wildlife path. The walk starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The event opens at 6 p.m., Oct. 3. The official keg tapping ceremony is Friday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m., with German and American dignitaries and festival sponsors.

Carnival hours are 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 3; 4 to 11 p.m. Oct. 4; noon to 11 p.m. on Oct. 5; and noon to 8 p.m. on Oct. 6.

Sunday, Oct. 6, is also Military Appreciation Day. Reduced price carnival wristbands for active duty and immediate family members will be available on this day.

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