WILMINGTON - The Olympic mountain will dust off its lederhosen, fire up the oompah band and enjoy a tall mug of German beer at the 21st annual Whiteface Oktoberfest Saturday and Sunday.
The event at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center offers traditional German music from Die Schlauberger, performing under the entertainment tent outside the base lodge each day, Ed Schenk on the accordion, Spitze - featuring cowbells, the Alpine xylophone, the alphorn and yodeling - the Alpen Trio with their alphorns, and in the Cloudspin Lounge, Schachtelgebirger Musikanten (Scha-Musi)
Beyond Bavarian entertainment, food and drink, there will be vendors, arts and crafts, children's amusement rides including inflatables and the popular hayride.
Alphorns are blown from the summit of Little Whiteface at Whiteface’s 2010 Oktoberfest.
(Enterprise file photo)
Dance entertainment includes the Alpenland Taenzer, nominated and accepted as members of the Gauverband Nordamerica, a German heritage organization known throughout the United States and Canada, and Kindergruppe, comprised of eight to 10 couples ages 3 to 19. Older members of the Kindergruppe also dance in the adult group.
A complimentary shuttle service will be provided both days. Departure from the Olympic Center box office in Lake Placid takes place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Departure from Whiteface to Lake Placid takes place at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. (Sunday only) and 6 p.m. (Saturday only). From Wilmington, pick-ups are at noon both days, with the return shuttle leaving Whiteface at 5 p.m.