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Hague Oktoberfest a success

Event turns a profit

Katy Wells serves German food during the annual Hague Oktoberfest. Organizers are hailing the expanded event as a success.

Katy Wells serves German food during the annual Hague Oktoberfest. Organizers are hailing the expanded event as a success. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— The third annual Hague Oktoberfest was a success, according to organizers.

The event attracted nearly 1,000 people and realized a $2,447 profit. It also collected cash and food donations for the Hague Food Pantry.

A one-day event in the past, the Hague Oktoberfest expanded to include Friday evening this year. That was key to the event’s success, according to Graham Bailey, Oktoberfest chairman.

“Another factor for the financial success was the nearly 200 people that attended the Friday evening portion of the event,” Bailey said in his report to the Hague town board. “It not only added significant revenue from beer sales, but cost very little since the tents were no additional cost for the additional time. People who attended Friday evening also were responsible for cash donations and five boxes of food for the Hague Food Pantry.”

Bailey reported about 200 people attended on Friday and another 700 came to the Saturday event. Oktoberfest concluded with a Sunday church service that drew about 30 people. He noted nearly 50 percent of the people surveyed were from outside the Hague-Ticonderoga area.

Bailey said the success of Oktoberfest is the result of hard work and support.

“I would first like to thank the (town) board for its support of the event and would also like to give a special thanks to the members of the Hague highway department for their valuable assistance throughout the weekend,” he said. “The success of the event was due to the hard work by all of the other members of the Oktoberfest committee — Jack Bast, Carolyn Close, Dick Gladu, Tom Haskell, Rudy Meola, Linda Mury, Carol Pittman, Steve Ramant, Neil Rypkima and Donna Wotton. Additional thanks go out to all the volunteers from the community, the seniors, Rotary and Kiwanis.”

Since the expanded Oktoberfest was a success, Bailey said the committee plans to continue it.

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