HAGUE - A bit of Germany is coming to the North Country.
Hague will host Oktoberfest 2009 on Saturday, Sept. 26.
The celebration will be held noon to 6 p.m. in the Hague town park at the intersection of Route 9N and Route 8.
Oktoberfest 2009 will feature beer from several local microbreweries, live music, German and other festival food vendors, a children's activity tent and festival games for the adults.
"Oktoberfest is a wonderful opportunity for people from around the region to discover the exciting things that are going on in this North Country jewel," Hague Supervisor Dan Belden said. "Aside from the intrinsic beauty of our lakeside location, this is a community where the generations play together, from the littlest kids to the seniors. At Oktoberfest, the residents, local businesses, and civic groups all to come together in a coordinated effort to showcase all that's really special about Hague on Lake George."
Glens Falls-based Davidson Brothers Brewery will be among the participating microbreweries. They will feature their Dacker Adirondack Ale, a traditional blonde malt, Irish Red, an Irish-style ale, and other seasonal brews.
There will be live music on the main stage throughout the festivities featuring German Oom-Pah bands, polka music and dancing, and North Country bluegrass.
The 12-piece Inseldudler band from Champlain Valley will anchor the music program. The Inseldudler band from Champlain Valley will play Oom-Pah favorites and polkas throughout the afternoon.
Vermont-based Fire in the Kitchen will play at the event as well, featuring Green Mountain clogger Kristen Bolton.
There will be a special program for the children at 3:30 p.m. with lumberjacks and whistles.
The grand finale will be a bluegrass jam featuring many local favorites.
There will be activities for children of all ages. The Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks will provide counselors and activities in the Kids Activity Tent with games and fall favorites like face painting, pumpkin crafts, sack races, obstacle course and a brand new Hague Coloring Book created by many well-known North Country artists.
For the adults, the woman who can carry the most full beer steins for 50 yards will be crowned Miss Oktoberfest.
She will lead one of the teams in a tug-of-war. The opposing team will be led by the winner of the Keg Tossing Contest.
There will also be a pop-a-shot at the politician of your choice at the dunking booth.
Food vendors will provide great home-cooked German fare and festival foods such as German brats, sauerkraut, German potato salad and Belgian frites (French fries in a cone).
The Hague business community will support the event.
Local restaurants will feature Oktoberfest-themed dinner specials on Sept. 26. The Juniper Store and Gallery at Hague Creek will stay open late for shoppers wishing to take advantage of the discount coupons available in ads and on the "Specials" page at the Oktoberfest website. The Locust Inn and Hague Motel will feature weekend special -three nights for the price of two.
The festivities will happen rain or shine under the tents in the Hague Park on the shores of Lake George.
Visit the Oktoberfest website for more details at http://www.visithague.com/oktoberfest.htm.