The 2011 Hague Oktoberfest celebration will kick off at noon Sept. 24 when the award-winning Fritz’s Polka Band from Verona takes the stage for an afternoon of great music.
It’s a full fall weekend of family fun in Hague on Sept. 23-25. The Oktoberfest Fall Festival has expanded with activities that span the entire weekend, making this a great getaway for a mini-vacation. Oktoberfest is held under the festival tents at the beautiful town park, right on the shore of Lake George. The featured event is the Saturday afternoon Oktoberfest, but this year organizers have added two events to help round out a weekend of fun.
On Friday night dance under the tents or under the stars from 7 – 10 p.m. Local band Calamity Rock will perform rock and roll and country standards for dancing. The beer tent will be open for business and food vendors will serve festival foods, burgers and dogs, and soft drinks. So bring the family for dinner and fun at the Oktoberfest Tent Dance.
On Saturday the 2011 Oktoberfest celebration will kick off at noon when the award-winning Fritz’s Polka Band from Verona takes the stage for an afternoon of great music. FPB is nationally acclaimed for their great polka and oompah interpretations and we look forward to their return to the Oktoberfest stage. Dancing is encouraged! Become a fan of FPB at http://www.fritzspolkaband.com/home.
There’s something for everyone at Oktoberfest. There’s the big beer tent for dad with several seasonal brews for him to taste. For mom, there’s shopping at the expanded vendor fair and the great gift and antique shops up the street. The counselors from Silver Bay YMCA will bring their creative energy back to the kids’ activity tent for pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples, the bouncy house, and other fall favorites. Even grandma and grampa can get a great lunch under the tent and enjoy a good old-fashioned polka.
Festival games for the adults begin at 2 p.m. Last year more than 20 burly gents hurled an empty keg across the lawn in the keg toss competition, while an equal number of women competed for the Miss Oktoberfest crown for the woman who could run the fastest and spill the least liquid from eight beer steins.
The fun and games will end at 5 p.m., but you’ll want to extend your day with dinner at one of the many local restaurants. The Hague Firehouse Restaurant is popular for its friendly atmosphere with Chef Rob Riddle. Next door to the Firehouse is the Uptown Restaurant where owner Lauren Parlin serves a fixed menu of exquisitely prepared farm-fresh ingredients served family-style in one of Hague’s historic buildings. These and other standout restaurants in Hague will no doubt surprise many visitors to the area.
To wrap up Oktoberfest weekend, the Rev. Bruce Tamlin of Silver Bay will preside over a non-denominational service on Sunday morning under the tent. There will be a fellowship hour with refreshments after the service. The beauty and serenity of the lake and the great fellowship will no doubt lift the spirits and this is a great way to spend a little more time with the friendly residents of Hague.
The festivities will happen rain or shine under the tents in the Hague Park. There's plenty of free parking and everything is in walking distance for a weekend of Fall Fun in Hague.
Hague Oktoberfest is sponsored by the Town and businesses of Hague. Look for Oktoberfest weekend specials for lodging, restaurants, and stores in local papers and on the Oktoberfest website at http://www.visithague.com/Oktoberfest.htm.