Officials expect large crowd for Oktoberfest
If you go
What: Camp Richardson’s 19th Annual Oktoberfest
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6
Where: Camp Richardson, 1900 Jameson Beach Road
Visitors at Camp Richardson’s 19th annual Oktoberfest might notice a few changes this year, including new 90-minute Emerald Bay Beer Cruises and increased involvement from local organizations.
Lederhosen are optional, though officials strongly encourage them.
Resort Sales Manager Vanessa Santora said this year’s festival will feature more than 10 different kinds of beer, including medium-bodied IPAs and rich Oktoberfest brews.
“We have a lot of beer to drink,” she said.
Oktoberfest is offering more than 30 vendors this year — the most it has ever had, Santora said. One of the things festival officials wanted to focus on this year was increasing the involvement of local organizations.
“It’s important to give them some visibility, get them involved and bring them out here for a fun day,” Santora said.
Live Violence Free, Rise Graphics and the Humane Society are just a few of the local groups that will have booths.
Oktoberfest will be held today and Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. About 5,000 people are expected to show up for the event each day, she said.
Oktoberfest guests can participate in a variety of contests during the two-day festival, including beer stein holding, yodeling and a dog and owner dress up contest.
They can also partake in face painting, craft booths, a pumpkin patch, bounce house and, of course, the popular beer and wine garden.
For foodies, German dishes and desserts will remain the highlights. Bratwursts, corn on the cob, chicken and apple crumb desserts are just a few of the options available, including giant pretzels, Santora said.
“We sold out of them last year,” she said.
Additionally, specially made IPA-infused bratwursts are available for those who like to mix their beer with dinner.
Admission and parking at Oktoberfest is free, and bikers will have easy access from town on the bike path, officials stated. Visitors can park in the Eagles Nest campground.
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