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Lake George Oktoberfest: German food, dancing, specialty beers and craft show

Accordion player Herb Liebenhagen of Latham sings a traditional German song during the 2012 Lake George Oktoberfest. The 2013 edition of the highly successful festival — featuring craft beer and Bavarian food streetside, dancing, frivolity and crafts, is set for Saturday Oct. 12 and Sunday Oct. 13.

Accordion player Herb Liebenhagen of Latham sings a traditional German song during the 2012 Lake George Oktoberfest. The 2013 edition of the highly successful festival — featuring craft beer and Bavarian food streetside, dancing, frivolity and crafts, is set for Saturday Oct. 12 and Sunday Oct. 13. Photo by Thom Randall.

— A seasonal festival that was a smash hit in its debut edition last year is scheduled to be held this weekend, Saturday Oct. 11 and Sunday Oct. 13

Last year, the village shut down its main drag Canada Street for a weekend — for the first time in decades.

Locally produced craft beers were served up streetside, savory authentic Bavarian food was available too, and thousands attended over the weekend — the festival was an instant sensation.

Dozens of people from near and far, some in traditional German garb, others in casual wear, danced to the live German music.

Others visited dozens of vendors’ tents surrounding Shepard Park, browsing amongst their offerings including crafts with a European flair.

Activities and games for children — and adults too —were also featured.

This year’s edition of the Lake George Oktoberfest has all these amenities, including fireworks on Saturday evening. Three German and polka bands are to perform at various times through the weekend.

People should note that from early Saturday morning until Sunday evening, Canada Street will be closed to vehicles.

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