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Niagara County History Center readies for Oktoberfest

by jmaloni
Fri, Oct 5th 2012 11:05 pm

The Niagara County History Center will celebrate the region's German heritage with its second annual Oktoberfest, Saturday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Olcott Fire Hall, 1619 Lockport-Olcott Road.

No celebration of Bavarian culture would be complete without a delicious German smorgasbord and Oktoberfest is no exception, with a vast array of traditional German dishes once again catered by Joanne Stanton - a seasoned pro at putting together an authentic Bavarian meal. The delicious dinner will include sauerbraten, bratwurst, roast pork, sauerkraut, sweet and sour cabbage, German potato salad, chef salad, applesauce, rolls, coffee and dessert. A cash bar will be provided.

At this year's Oktoberfest the History Center will welcome the award-winning favorites, "The Frankfurters" - acknowledged to be the "Best of the Wurst!" Drawing from centuries-old Bavarian and Swiss folk traditions, the Frankfurters' colorful show features demonstrations on hand-carved wooden Swiss Alphorns, the haunting "Singing-Saw," and Alpine bell ringing, along with yodeling and lots of good, old-fashioned German fun.

The History Center will have a basket raffle at this year's event. Volunteer Kathy Wood is lining up prizes, and urges attendees to plan to go home with a "carload" of neat gifts. In addition to a great assortment of basket raffles and silent auction items, the History Center will pick the winner for its Amish quilt raffle at this year's fest.

Tickets for the Oktoberfest are $25. For reservations or more information, call the History Center at 716-434-7433.

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