Photo By Gabrielle Gentile / Viking- Derek Oriee, far left, pours root beer for the men;s chugging contest during the LAC Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 17. Anthony Ramos, middle right, waits for his chance to complete.
Photo By Gabrielle Gentile / Viking- Derek Oriee, far left, pours root beer for the men;s chugging contest during the LAC Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 17. Anthony Ramos, middle right, waits for his chance to complete.

By Gabriella Gentile / City-Style Editor

Lively yodeling music was heard in front of the Viking Food Court at the LAC around 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 as small crowds of students gathered around two tents that read “Oktoberfest.”  Derek Oriee, student life adviser, announced the three Oktoberfest competitions over the microphone. Each contest was divided between men and women, with six participants competing in each contest. Rosa Cruz, 21, a literature major, said, “This seems really cool. I’m surprised there aren’t more people.”

The first contest was root beer chugging. Each participant was served a 32-ounce glass and was told that to win, the root beer all must make it in their mouths and not down their shirts.

When the women were done, Alexis Queza, 18, a psychology major, said, “It was hard to chug the root beer because it was so bubbly.” The next competition had students hold out a 64-ounce stein of water at a 90-degree angle without spilling or switching arms. After about three minutes, participants’ arms could be seen getting a little shaky. Oriee said, “The person you least expect to win, usually wins.” Robert Fullingim, 32, undecided major, was the winner of the stein-holding contest for the men.

The final contest Oktoberfest showdown was a bratwurst-eating competition. Unlike the men who weren’t shy at all signing up, the women hesitated, but eventually all six spots were filled.
Tonia Ciancanelli, 24, a journalism major, was the winner of the bratwurst-eating contest for the women, and Justin Amian was the men’s winner. Each contest winner was rewarded with a prize of a Viking T-shirt or necklace and in some cases a trophy.