|The Oktoberfest is a traditional German festival|
Oktoberfest is an annual German fall festival that is usually celebrated the 3rd or 4th weekend in September. The Oktoberfest tradition began in 1810 celebrating the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The citizens of Munich, Germany were invited to join in the five days of festivities celebrating the marriage, which were held on the fields in front of the city gates. A hours race was the main event of this original Oktoberfest. Since its Bavarian origins in 1810, the Oktoberfest has changed substantially. The horse races were last held in 1960, and the agricultural show is put on only every four years. The Okevent still takes place on the "Theresienwiese" ("Theresa's meadow"), which was named after the new bride; to the locals, it's simply known as "Wies'n". During the two weeks before the first Sunday in October, these fairgrounds are transformed into a city of beer tents, amusements, rides, performers, and booths of vendors peddling traditional foods and traditional confections. The mayor of Munich opens the festivities at noon on the first day of the fair when he drives the wooden tap into a barrel of beer and proclaims O'zapft is! ("It's tapped!"). The festival was moved from the Original October marriage celebration for better weather to celebrate in the last two weeks of September.
Traditions in the Oktoberfest festival include the Costume and Riflemen's Procession on the first Sunday of the festival, in which some 7000 performers combined in groups with traditional costumes and historical uniforms, marching bands, riflemen, thoroughbred horses and other livestock, old-fashioned carriages, and numerous floats -- parade through the streets of Munich's city center showcasing the diversity of local, regional, and national customs. The second Sunday of the Oktoberfest features an open-air big band concert involving approximatley 400 musicians who comprise all of the Oktoberfest bands. Oktoberfest is celebrated around the world and many still have the keg tapping, traditional dances, music, food, beer, wine, schnapps so that family and friends can celbrate the fall. You won't see the keg tapping, traditional dance, lederhosen or dyrndls; but you will see great music, food, beer, wine and a fall celebration with family and friends.
Each year the festival grows and gets better. There are a few changes in town for this 2013 fall festival. The Ellicottville Brewery has expanded and now occupies its original location all the way to the corner of Martha street where the Kabob Kafe was. Mud, Sweat and Gears, Gado Gado, The Nature and Holistic Center, Kazoo II, and the EVL Gift Shop have moved to new locations in downtown. The Apple market gas station expanded and moved across the street.
|The New Holiday Valley Lodge|
There are activities at the festival for all ages. From downtown Ellicottville to Holiday Valley Resort to around the county; you would be hard pressed to not find something fun to do. A full schedule will be available closer to the event at the Holiday Valley Resort website of the Village of Ellicottville's website. The following is a list of activities at the festival based on the 2012 schedule and updated reports from event organizers and venues. Activites and times may be subject to change and will be updated as they are available:
|The New Ellicottville Brewing Company|
There are pleanty of activites going on around Ellicottville as well. Pumpkinville is a local tradation that families have enjoyed for generations. If you are looking for some local produce to take home, stop by Hall's produce just outside of town. Finally, there is always the scenic drives round the hills of Ellicottville. Just head out route 98, 219, 241 or 242 and see where it takes you. There are some fabious activites outside the city, so take a small diversion from the festival.
|Cosmic Bowling at EVL Lanes|