WILMINGTON - It's time to dust off the lederhosen, fire up the oompah band and enjoy some bratwurst and beer in one of the area's most scenic autumn settings.
The 19th annual Whiteface Oktoberfest is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2-3. The two-day festival offers fun for the entire family with traditional Bavarian food, drink and entertainment as well as art and craft vendors, rides and games.
As usual, the event will feature children's rides, including the popular hayride and inflatables. New games this year include volleyball, horseshoes and 60-second challenges with the chance to win prizes. Of course, the Whiteface Oktoberfest offers great traditional German music from die Schlauberger, performing under the entertainment tent outside the base lodge each day along with the Lake Placid Bavarians, who have been performing traditional Bavarian music in the north country for the last 19 years, and Ed Schenk on the accordion.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Cloudspin Lounge will also feature music from Schachtelgebirger Musikanten (Scha-Musi), and performing at their second Oktoberfest will be Spitze and the Alpen Trio.
Spitze and his trio will get the audience involved with their amazing alpine show which features cowbells, the alpine xylophone, and the alphorn and of course - yodeling.
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.
Oktoberfest will be held Saturday, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m.-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. Departures from Whiteface to Lake Placid take 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 about Oktoberfest and all of the events being held at ORDA's Olympic venues, log on to www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.