October brings around a seasonal celebration that's a favorite of many — the German Oktoberfest! But before you jump a plane or scout out a big regional festival, perhaps in another state, take a look at what has become a major Oktoberfest event right in your backyard.
The Forest Lodge, at 11 Reinman Road in Warren, has planned its fourth annual OKTOBERFEST2013, following previous successful events.
The celebration is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., outdoors at the forested property, on Saturday, Oct. 12, with a rain date of Sat., Oct. 19.
The Food & Beverage pavilion opens at noon, and whether wearing Lederhosen or not, attendees should bring an appetite. The menu is full of authentic German-American foods available for purchase, according to the Forest Lodge.
The festival will offer entertainment at a FESTHALLE on the property. Scheduled entertainment includes Bernie's Orchestra, a five-piece ensemble to keep toes tapping, and sure to have the audience swaying, dancing, and singing to all your favorite songs!
Back again this year, by popular demand, will be the Saengerchor, an all-male German chorus from Clark. The Saengerchor celebrates their 88th Anniversary this year.
The choir, a non-profit organization, achieved acclaim and wide recognition both in concert performances and prize singing during last 88 years of performing. All Oktoberfest attendees will be treated to a variety of German-American songs from the chorus’ repertoire.
The Saengerchor also is always looking for new members. Stop by and visit them and maybe sign up at Oktoberfest!
There also is a vendor fair in the park. More than 45 vendors will be selling a wide range of products at the Vendor Fair at Oktoberfest.
Scheduled vendors would be selling candles, home-made crafts, jewelry, baskets, pottery, seasonal items and many other items.
Oktoberfest has something for everyone, including children. Kids can keep busy with amusement rides, carnival booths, pony rides, face painting, inflatable fun floats and more, according to Forest Lodge.
Admission is $7 per person and children under 10 are free. The admission fee to Oktoberfest includes access to the vendor fair, and live music and dancing in the main pavilion.
More information on the Forest Lodge is online.