Oct 08, 2008 Erin Smith Uncategorized
After a 17-year hiatus, Oktoberfest returns to Baldwinsville this weekend.
Toted as the “biggest Oktoberfest under one tent,” the two-day festival will offer plenty of German food, music and dancing for everyone to enjoy.
Thanks to a grant secured by Sen. John DeFrancisco, the Oktoberfest Committee was able to rent a 210- by 80-foot tent, which is sure to provide plenty of shelter from any unexpected weather. In addition to the grant from Sen. DeFrancisco, major sponsors for the event include Alliance Bank, TJ Sheenan and Syracuse.com.
According to Megan O’Donnell, a member of the organizing committee, everything will have a German feel from the music to the food.
“There will be a lot of Polkas,” she said.
The event also features Lieh’s & Steigerwald as one of the main vendors and a Saturday performance by Ruby Shooz.
“We wanted something that would have a draw,” she said. “People will come to see Ruby Shooz.”
All the entertainment will be performed under the enormous tent. The event will also feature a beer garden, an outdoor area where people can go out to smoke with their beer in hand.
While Oktoberfests are traditionally held in September, the Baldwinsville event was pushed back due to time constraints and to avoid conflicts with other central New York events. However, one event the festival will not conflict with is Celebrate Baldwinsville.
“If Celebrate Baldwinsville was still going on we wouldn’t have wanted to try and have multiple events in the fall,” O’Donnell said. “In some ways, Celebrate Baldwinsville was a way to replace the original Oktoberfest. It’s unfortunate it couldn’t be successful.”
In the spirit of Celebrate Baldwinsville, this event also brings opportunity for local groups such as fire departments, booster clubs and not-for-profits to raise funds without a big up-front investment.
“It’s a good opportunity for different organizations to do fundraising,” O’Donnell said.
Parking for the event will be restricted to handicap within the village square, however, bus transportation will be available from three locations: Smokey Hollow shopping center, River Mall parking lot and the Radisson Health Center lot. Buses will run continuously throughout both days to all locations at $1 per ride.
“Those of us who grew up with it remember how fun it was,” O’Donnell said. “I can’t wait. It’s very exciting it’s coming back.”
Oktoberfest Kinder Garden
Oktoberfest returns to Baldwinsville Oct. 10 and 11 with a large area dedicated to children.
The Kinder Garden, hosted by Sugar & Spice party Planners and the Baker High School Key Club, is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday Oct. 10 and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday Oct. 11.
There will be lots of activities for girls and boys alike such as carnival games like treasure hunts and ring tossing, crafts including marble painting and a free coloring contest and a dress up area with contests and story time with your favorite princesses.
Oktoberfest will be held in the newly acclaimed Village Square behind Key Bank in downtown Baldwinsville. Call Miss Jacki at 720-6043 with any questions about the Kinder Garden.
Schedule of events
Admission is $2 per person, $1 for children 12 and younger.
Friday Oct. 10; event open 4 to 11 p.m.
Salt City Brass performs: 6 to 9 p.m.
Sing-along German drinking songs: 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 11; event open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Liverpool Community Band: Noon to 2 p.m.
Always Dance Studio: 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Baldwinsville Theatre Guild: 2:45 to 3:15 p.m.
The Krazy Firemen: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Ruby Shooz: 8 to 11 p.m.