Marking the 32nd Annual Oktoberfest, the Ms. Oktoberfest Pageant, held last Saturday, July 22nd, kicked off this year’s Oktoberfest Season in Cape Coral.

Christine Fay, 25, was chosen from among five contestants to reign as Miss Oktoberfest in 2017 at the German American Social Club of Cape Coral. Leiny Ruiz, who has been a GASC Funkenmariechen during Karneval Season for the past two years, is the first runner up.

Christine, who resides in North Fort Myers, has been a Florida resident for the past 14 years. She’s dreamt of becoming Ms. Oktoberfest since she saw the German American Social Club float in the Edison Parade of Lights at age 15. Married to her best friend Lance, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business and works as an office manager and third-generation owner of the Marine Trading Post, where she has been working her way up in the family business for the past 9 years. Her family is extremely important to her – she was in tears that her great-great aunt had ventured out to support her during the pageant and congratulate her on her win. In her spare time, Christine enjoys kayaking, boating, reading, music and painting. She has volunteered at the Naples Botanical Gardens and Keep Lee County Beautiful – Monofilament Madness.