Oktoberfest in Skaneateles welcomes new lineup

It's Oktoberfest with a twist.

A brand new musical lineup will grace the stage under the big tent on the Sherwood Inn's west lawn and the proprietors at the Sherwood hope to take its audience back to their roots with down home music and fresh harvest foods at this year's Americana Roots Oktoberfest.

Sherwood Inn's Director of Sales and Marketing Rita Trenti said rather than a traditional Oktoberfest as in previous years, this year they've had the opportunity to move toward having an event that's more homegrown with fresh harvested goods and "an exciting, new lineup" of musicians.

"The community enjoys the festivals and we're trying to provide another opportunity for festivals and what they enjoy about them are great music and great food," Trenti said.

The festival's musical talent will include host band Lisa and Mojo Filter featuring Sammy Hall of Fame inductee Mark Hoffmann while other talents come from Swing This! as they are joined by Central New York Hall of Fame fiddler Hal Casey. The Barrigar Brothers will also take the stage during the day.

"It's all roots oriented music," said Art Wenzle, who will be emceeing the event. He added that the music is very eclectic and is for anyone and everyone.

Though Wenzel will be emcee, Trenti said local musician Joe Whiting helped get the ball rolling with the new lineup. Then Whiting called Wenzel.

"Joe helped us get started and Art took our festival and poured love in it," Trenti said. "He's just been great."

A man with great enthusiasm and love for getting a crowd pumped up, Wenzel has done several benefits in Auburn.

"I'm always excited about emceeing things," he said. "I'm out there to have fun like everyone else."

While the event was an annual happening in the past, it was resurrected a few years ago and now it "seemed like a great opportunity to bring more of an Americana influence" to the weekend, Trenti said.

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