The seventh annual Glenville Oktoberfest was held Saturday at Maalwyck Park and featured German food, drink, dress and dance.
There was no shortage of wurst plates or dark German beer as families roamed the expansive fields of the park taking in the sites, or sat under the biergarten tent listening to authentic German music played by lederhosen-clad performers.
The children’s area featured bounce tents and slides and other amusements, while the center of the grounds was dominated by an inflatable TV screen. People sat at picnic tables in front of the screen and watched “Peanuts” as groups of kids played in the fields.
Jessica Hennel was selling Bavarian-style hats and Oktoberfest T-shirts on behalf of the Glenville Business Professional Association, which organizes the event.
“This isn’t for profit; whatever they make they put it towards next year,” said Hennel. “They just want to make it a great event every year where everyone can come and have fun.”
Hennel said in the first couple of years the Oktoberfest drew maybe 3,000 people. “Now they’ve gone up over 10,000 last year and I don’t know what they have this year,” she said.
Hennel said people have been telling her that they’ve run into so many friends and acquaintances at the Oktoberfest that they haven’t seen in years.
“I think that’s pretty cool,” she said, “it brings a lot of the community together.”
Jordan White of Wolf Hollow Brewing said his company was at last year’s Glenville Oktoberfest and sold about nine kegs worth of beer. This year they’ve sold 14 kegs, and ran out of their Oktoberfest brew.
“This has been a banner year already, this is awesome,” said White, who sees the Glenville Oktoberfest as a way to be visible in the community. “It fits our mission of participating with our community,” he said. We meet a ton of new people here but at the same time we’re seeing old friends or acquaintances. Regular customers from our place come out here, it’s just a great way to be part of an awesome community event.”