Oktoberfest is back for its second year with one major change from last year’s event: it is being held on one Sunday for attendees’ convenience, instead of spread out over two days of the weekend as it was last year.
The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Veterans Park. There is no admission charge.
“For our second annual Oktoberfest, we are planning a fun-packed day so that our families can enjoy the festivities and fireworks all at once,” says Mayor Kelly Yaede. “If you missed last year’s inaugural celebration, you will not want to miss this year’s exciting community event, which will be a great way to enjoy autumn in Hamilton.”
Debuting last year, Oktoberfest is a combination of the previous Septemberfest and Fall Harvest Fest. The two events were mashed into one in response to record crowds and parking issues.
The fair will include old favorites such as the vast pumpkin patch, the winding corn maze, hay rides, activities such as bumper cars, a rock wall and various food and craft vendors. Just like last year, no alcohol will be served or permitted at the event.
The Renaissance Orchestra will perform at 4 p.m. A 10-piece band that has played all over New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as Maryland, Delaware, and D.C., the orchestra is known for its versatile style and plays anything from ballads to classic rock to dance hits from the 70’s to today. The Renaissance Orchestra has been performing for over a decade and recently played at Hamilton’s Independence Day Fireworks and Concert.
New fire pits will be included at Oktoberfest so attendees can relax while staying warm. There will also be a new jack-o’-lantern carving contest, so participants should be ready whip out those pumpkins and scoop and carve till their hearts delight.
Because sunset should occur shortly before 6:30 p.m., the fireworks show will not be too late, which will ensure that even the youngest children will be able to enjoy the fireworks and still get to bed on time for school the next day.