Celebrate autumn in the Adirondacks with fall festivals

WILMINGTON The 17th annual Oktoberfest, presented by Aubochon Hardware, will be held Oct. 4-5 at Whiteface Mountain. Oktoberfest activities include original vendors, arts and crafts, childrens rides including the popular hayride, Bavarian food, drink and entertainment. We are thrilled to be back again sponsoring the 17th Annual Oktoberfest at Whiteface, said Aubuchon Hardwares marketing director Michael Mattson as Aubuchon celebrates its 100th anniversary. Die Schlauberger will make its yearly trek to Whiteface and perform under the entertainment tent outside the base lodge. Also performing will be the Lake Placid Bavarians and Ed Schenk on the accordion. The Schwarzenegger Connection is making its second Oktoberfest appearance. The Cloudspin Lounge will feature Schachtelgebirger Musikanten (Scha-Musi). New this year is OK Live, direct from Germany. This group will be performing a show combining music, singing, acrobatics and dancing. 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. The bus will depart Whiteface and return to Lake Placid at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Saturday only), 7:30 p.m. (Saturday only) and 5:30 p.m. (Sunday only). The shuttle will also service Wilmington with stops at the Candyman, located on the corner of Routes 86 and 431, at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Daily admission for adults is $14 for the festival; $22 for the festival and a scenic gondola ride. The junior and senior price is $7 for the festival and $15 for both. Children six years of age and under are admitted free of charge. The celebration of fall continues with the 8th annual Flaming Leaves Festival Oct. 11-12, featuring the 2009 U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships. This annual two-day event has something for everyone in the family - from watching the best ski jumpers in North America compete, to live blues bands, to tempting barbeque and great brews, inflatables, games, craft vendors and more all with unparalleled views of the Adirondacks and the peak fall foliage. Take a chair lift or elevator ride to the top of the famed 120 meter ski jump for some of the best views in the Adirondacks during the change of colors. This event promises to bring the fall season to an exciting conclusion. The Flaming Leaves festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $14 for adults, and $8 for juniors/seniors and includes the chairlift and elevator ride to the Sky Deck atop the 120 meter ski jump tower. Olympic Sites Passports will be honored for admission at either Oktoberfest or the Flaming Leaves Festival. Listen to Rock 105.5, the official radio station for the Whiteface Oktoberfest, presented by Aubuchon Hardware and the Flaming Leaves Festival, for up-to-date information. For more information on ORDA venues and events, and for web cams from five locations, please log on to www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.

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