The fall is always a good time for an Oktoberfest, the new brew is ready, the harvest is done and the sausages fresh. Originally started as the celebrations for the marriage of a Bavarian Prince, the original event in Munich is now a happy celebration of food, beer and gemütlichkeit which roughly translates to a state of happiness and general well being.
That happy German tradition has come to New Hampshire and a truly great example of it is the one held at Pats Peak in Henniker. This year will mark the 15th anniversary of this gathering of friends and relations, skiers and non-skiers for an afternoon of fun, food and entertainment and the best part is that admission is free.
The Pats Peak Oktoberfest will be held this year on Sunday November 5 from 11 AM until 5 PM at the Pats Peak base lodge in Henniker. You’ll find Pats Peak, if you have not been there before, off Route 9 on Route 114. Over time this has grown into one of the biggest Oktoberfests in the state and, like all good ones, it has everything you would expect it to have.
Expect to find real German food, wurst, sauerkraut, and other Deutcher specialties and great beers, especially beers for Harpoon Brewery which is a sponsor of the event this year. There will also be music and sing-alongs with King Ludwig’s Bavarian Band and a beer stein holding contest for those with bulging bicepts and strong fingers. Other events planned include chairlift rides, kids’ activities, bounce houses, woodsmen show, chainsaw carving show, AfterShock Monster Truck viewing, and more along with festive decorations. The Woodsmen Show includes ax throwing, wood chopping, 2-man saw cutting and more from 11am to 3pm. As part of the show a chainsaw artist will transform a log into a work. The programs for kids will be held in “Bear-Varia” and will include Spin Art, Caramel Apple Making, “Doughnut Dangle”, Keg Bowling, Face Painting, Face Painting Clown, Temporary Tattoos, a Jungle Bounce House, 16ft Slide, Boulder Dash Obstacle Course) from 11am to3pm along with appearances from Boris and Snowball.
For skiers this is also a chance to pick up new or used equipment. The event is also being held in conjunction with the 47th annual Pats Peak Ski Team Ski and Snowboard Sale which takes place the same day. Specials deals will be offered from area ski shops with savings of up to half regular retail price. The annual Ski and Snowboard sale offers the chance to pick up new or used snowsport equipment at bargain prices.