First-ever Pinktoberfest starts Friday in the city of St. Cloud

St. Cloud is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month in a big way Friday through Sunday.

The city, and the St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce, have partnered with the St. Cloud Chapter of Pink Heals to host its first ever Pinktoberfest to help raise awareness and funds for local cancer patients and their families.

Pink Heals is a nonprofit support group that provides financial and emotional support to those battling cancer.

“We are about support and letting people know they aren’t alone,” said St. Cloud Chapter President Darla Craig. “We want to raise as much money as we can.”

Throughout the years, Pink Heals has helped raise $30,000 through events and generous donations. Craig said it supports anyone battling cancer no matter the gender or age.

Pinktoberfest, free to the public, starts downtown on Friday with a street party and paint night in the park.

Saturday will be bustling with craft vendors, a pink firetruck pull, beer garden and live music. Even Batman will make an appearance to visit the kids. Enjoy a pancake breakfast Sunday morning and shop amongst the vendors.

“We have plenty of activities all weekend and we’re trying to mimic an Oktoberfest,” Craig said.

There will also be free yoga and zumba classes, a kid zone and health and wellness exhibits.

The city has worked on events with Pink Heals in the past, said Erin Ochs, special events manager for the city.

“We want to enhance what Pink Heals does in St. Cloud,” she said. “We had a truck pull competition and we wanted to make it bigger and better and raise more awareness (about cancer). The funds raised stay in the city and are given right back to the community.”

There will be road closures in downtown during the event:

• Friday, Oct. 12, beginning at 4 p.m. – Pennsylvania Avenue closed from 12th Street to 10th Street.

• Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, Pennsylvania Avenue closed from 12th Street to 10th Street and extended closures to 9th Street. New York Avenue will be closed from 10th Street to City Hall and 9th Street will be closed from City Hall to Pennsylvania Avenue.