Delta Tau Delta hosts fourth annual Miss Oktoberfest

Dressed as a fisherwoman who’s caught a fish, Alpha Xi Delta junior Lanie Prak reels in her boyfriend, Alpha Tau Omega junior Trey Phelps, during the costume portion of the pageant.

Amanda Young

Thirteen contestants took the stage Thursday night not only to compete for the title of Miss Oktoberfest, but to raise money for breast cancer research.

It was the fourth annual Miss Oktoberfest Pageant hosted by Delta Tau Delta fraternity as a part of their Oktoberfest Week.

Lauren Wolfe, a senior Alpha Gamma Delta member, said she thought the fraternity did an excellent job with the pageant.

“It was stressful,” she said. “The Delts did a great job. They did a good job of organizing. They were respectful to every girl there.”

Thirteen girls from nine sororities competed in Garrett Ballroom in three categories — Letters, Formal wear and Halloween costumes.

Escorted by Delta Tau Delta members, each woman took the stage in the first round by presenting their letters. 

Each contestant walked to their own song and proudly showed off their organizations letters.

Wolfe said she spent a lot of time planning her outfits for the evening.

“I had been thinking about it for a couple of weeks and it took a few days to construct,” she said.

The women then donned formal attire, complete with floor-length dresses and high heels. Each member had a unique dress — some with bright sequins, some with catching colors.

In the final round, the ladies showed off their Halloween costumes, from Native Americans, to strongmen, to crayons.

Wolfe was excitedly crowned Miss Oktoberfest at the end of the evening.

“I was so surprised,” she said. “All the other girls did such a good job. I’ve done pageants before, but this is my first time winning.”

Kappa Delta’s Chelsea Fromm placed second and Alpha Omicron Pi’s Alli Casebeer third.

By the end of the night, the Delts raised more than $1,500 from the contestant entry fees as well as admission collected at the door, said Stefan Gavula, a Delta Tau Delta member.

“I am a huge supporter of breast cancer,” Wolfe said. “It was really cool to get out there with my sisters in the audience.”