Hague to host Oktoberfest

HAGUE - A bit of Germany is coming to the North Country and Hague hosts 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 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 beauty of our lakeside location, this is a community where the generations play together, from the littlest kids to the seniors."

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, an annual favorite.

There will be activities for children including face painting, pumpkin crafts, sack races, obstacle course and a new Hague Coloring Book created by many well-known North Country artists.

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.

There will be a special program for the children at 3:30 p.m. with lumberjacks and whistles.

Food vendors will provide great home-cooked German fare and festival foods such as German brats, sauerkraut, German potato salad and Belgian "frites."

Glens Falls-based Davidson Brothers Brewery will be among the participating microbreweries. They will feature their seasonal brews.

There will also be a pop-a-shot at the politician of your choice at the dunking booth. The grand finale will be a bluegrass jam featuring many local favorites.

The festivities will happen rain or shine under the tents in the Hague Park on the shores of Lake George.

Local restaurants will feature Oktoberfest-themed dinner specials on Sept. 26. The Juniper Store and Gallery at Hague Creek will stay open late. The Locust Inn and Hague Motel will feature a weekend discount too. For details, see www.visithague.com/oktoberfest.htm.

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