Susan Darrin and Dean Craig check out the vendors at the annual Hague Oktoberfest. Held at the town beach Sept. 20-22, the event featured German music, food and beer. It attracted hundreds of visitors.
The fifth annual Hague Oktoberfest drew more than 1,000 visitors from 21 states and Canada this fall.
“Thanks to near ideal weather conditions, the attendance at both Friday and Saturday were the largest in the five years of the event,” said Graham Bailey, Oktoberfest chairman. “The Hague Oktoberfest Committee would like to thank everyone in our community for their support of the fifth annual Hague Oktoberfest weekend.”
The Oktoberfest committee includes Carolyn Close, Dick Gladu, Tom Haskell, Don Johnston, Rudy Meola, Carol Pittman, Steve Ramant, Donna Wotton and Bailey. Bailey thanked the committee for its efforts.
More than 300 people attended the Oktoberfest Friday, Sept. 20. Calamity Rock provided the entertainment.
Saturday, Sept. 21, more than 800 people attended.
“The weather was ideal, though Saturday was quite windy, for the Oktoberfest and no spirits were dampened for over 800 attendees who enjoyed the food, beer, games and fantastic music from Fritz’s Polka Band followed by roving accordionist, Ed Schenk,” Bailey said.
The weekend concluded with a lakeside non-denominational service by the Rev. Bruce Tamlyn on Sunday, Sept. 22.
Proceeds from the Oktoberfest will go to the Ticonderoga Backpack Program and the Beste Scholarship Fund.
“The Oktoberfest committee extends their special thanks to the 50-plus volunteers that make this Oktoberfest possible,” Bailey said. “Without their support in every aspect of the event from parking and park entry, to the children’s tent, to beer sales and clean up, this event would not be possible.”
Business sponsors for the Oktoberfest included the town of Hague, the Hague Chamber of Commerce, the Sno-Goers, Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga, Best Western Inn and Suites, Belden Property Services, Condit Brothers, DeFranco Landscaping, Dockside Landing, Eddies Restaurant, Firehouse Restaurant, Fort View Inn, Green Acres Campsite, the New Hague Market, Hague Motel, International Paper, Lake George Lettering, Lakeside Plumbing, Libby’s Bakery Café, North Country Landscaping, Northbrook Motel, Ruah Bed and Breakfast, Silver Bay YMCA, Steve Davis Carpentry, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Walt Porter Building and Walt Waters Excavating.
Trout House Village Resort provided a tent for children’s activities.
“A special thanks to the Hague Volunteer Fire Department and to the Fish and Game Club who provided tables for the event,” Bailey said. “Thanks also to the craft and food vendors for their participation.
“We look forward to seeing everyone next year,” he said.