The 20th annual Whiteface Oktoberfest, in Wilmington, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2.
During the two-day festival, the Olympic mountain dusts off its lederhosen, fires up the oompah band and enjoys a tall mug of German beer. There is also fun for the family with activities including original vendors, arts and crafts, children’s amusement rides including the popular hayride and inflatables, Bavarian food, drink and entertainment.
Whiteface Oktoberfest offers great traditional German music from Die Schlauberger, performing under the entertainment tent outside the base lodge each day, the Lake Placid Bavarians, who have been performing traditional Bavarian music in the north country for the last 20 years, and Ed Schenk on the accordion. The Cloudspin Lounge will also feature music from Schachtelgebirger Musikanten (Scha-Musi) and performing at their third Oktoberfest will be Spitze and The Alpen Trio.
Other entertainment to be found during the festival include the Alpenland Taenzer, nominated and accepted as members of the "Gauverband Nordamerica," a nationally and internationally known organization promoting German Heritage throughout the United States and Canada, and “Kindergruppe,” comprised of 8-10 couples ages 3-19. Older members of the Kindergruppe also dance in the adult group.
Guests can also drive the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway.
Oktoberfest will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A complimentary shuttle service will be provided both days. Departure from the Olympic Center Box Office in Lake Placid takes place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Departure from Whiteface to Lake Placid takes place at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. (Sunday only), 6 p.m. (Saturday only), and 7:30 p.m. (Saturday only). From Wilmington pick-ups are at noon both days with the return shuttle leaving Whiteface at 5 p.m.
Admission is $15 for adults, $9 for juniors and seniors and gondola rides are $12. For more information, log on to http://www.whiteface.com/summer/events/octoberfest.php. For more information about all of the events being held at ORDA’s Olympic venues, log on to www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.