GLENVILLE – Oktoberfest at Maalwyck Park in Glenville is back this Saturday after going virtual last year due to the pandemic.
“We’re very excited to have it back,” said David Hennel, the chairman of the event.
The event, which is in its 12th year, was virtual last year with businesses offering German-inspired items to customers.
However, this year the event, scheduled from noon to 9 p.m., will take place entirely outside and with some changes to activities, Hennel said.
He said there won’t be any contact activities.
“The bounce house isn’t there this year,” he said.
But kids can still enjoy activities like an inflatable slide that will be sanitized, laser tag and meet people dressed as characters from movies or children’s shows.
“In terms of food vendors, we’re all pretty much back to normal,” Hennel said.
But he said this year he told food vendors to offer takeout boxes if people only wanted to pick up food. He’s also advising people to bring their own chairs if it would make them feel more comfortable to sit at the tables that will be set up.
There will also be hand washing and sanitizing stations, as well as a vaccine clinic.
“Again trying to be very careful,” Hennel said.
The day’s events will also include helicopter rides, live music and horseback rides.
Hennel said while the event is scaled back he thinks a lot of people will turn out Saturday.
“People are excited to get out and do something,” he said.
Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said he’s also happy to see the event happening again.
“It’s been very popular,” Koetzle said. “It’s been very good for businesses.”
He said he’s looking forward to eating German food.
“It’s the best meal I have all year,” he said.
But, he said he’s also excited to see the bands and people getting back together again.
Admission and parking are free, Hennel said.