Katy Wells serves German food during the annual Hague Oktoberfest. Organizers are hailing the expanded event as a success.
The third annual Hague Oktoberfest was a success, according to organizers.
The event attracted nearly 1,000 people and realized a $2,447 profit. It also collected cash and food donations for the Hague Food Pantry.
A one-day event in the past, the Hague Oktoberfest expanded to include Friday evening this year. That was key to the event’s success, according to Graham Bailey, Oktoberfest chairman.
“Another factor for the financial success was the nearly 200 people that attended the Friday evening portion of the event,” Bailey said in his report to the Hague town board. “It not only added significant revenue from beer sales, but cost very little since the tents were no additional cost for the additional time. People who attended Friday evening also were responsible for cash donations and five boxes of food for the Hague Food Pantry.”
Bailey reported about 200 people attended on Friday and another 700 came to the Saturday event. Oktoberfest concluded with a Sunday church service that drew about 30 people. He noted nearly 50 percent of the people surveyed were from outside the Hague-Ticonderoga area.
Bailey said the success of Oktoberfest is the result of hard work and support.
“I would first like to thank the (town) board for its support of the event and would also like to give a special thanks to the members of the Hague highway department for their valuable assistance throughout the weekend,” he said. “The success of the event was due to the hard work by all of the other members of the Oktoberfest committee — Jack Bast, Carolyn Close, Dick Gladu, Tom Haskell, Rudy Meola, Linda Mury, Carol Pittman, Steve Ramant, Neil Rypkima and Donna Wotton. Additional thanks go out to all the volunteers from the community, the seniors, Rotary and Kiwanis.”
Since the expanded Oktoberfest was a success, Bailey said the committee plans to continue it.
“It is the committee’s intention to continue the three-day Oktoberfest weekend, but change the date of the Hague Oktoberfest to the third Saturday in September to avoid conflicts with other events,” he said.
This fall the Oktoberfest featured the local band Calamity Rock and dancing on Friday evening. The beer tent was open for business and food vendors served festival foods, burgers and dogs, and soft drinks.
Saturday the 2011 Oktoberfest included the award-winning Fritz’s Polka Band from Verona. Again there was the beer tent with several seasonal brews and shopping at the expanded vendor fair. There was also a children’s activity tent for pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples, the bouncy house and other fall favorites. There was adult contests, such as the keg toss and the Miss Oktoberfest crown that went to the woman who could run the fastest and spill the least liquid from eight beer steins.
To wrap up Oktoberfest weekend, the Rev. Bruce Tamlin of Silver Bay presided over a non-denominational service on Sunday morning under the tent.
Hague Oktoberfest was sponsored by the town and businesses of Hague.