Sara Bonadies SYRACUSE N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – The German American Society of Central New York is set to host its 57th Oktoberfest at Long Branch Park in Liverpool this weekend.
Senator John DeFrancisco will kick-off the weekend-long celebration on Saturday, by blowing the ceremonial elk horn.
According to the Secretary of the society Sally Frenza, DeFransico, who is considering a run for Governor, is a regular attendee of the event.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun, he always brings the house down,” says Frenza.
Oktoberfest is the German American Society’s largest annual fundraiser, with many of the proceeds going towards the organization’s scholarship fund.
“We give out a lot of money in scholarships. In April, we do the scholarship program and this is the only fundraiser we have to raise money,” says Frenza.
The society’s scholarships go to qualified high school seniors who have taken at least two years of the German language and will be enrolled in an accredited University.
The German American Society has been bringing German culture to Central New York since its founding in 1896.
According to Willi Kreuzer, the President of the German American Society, the Oktoberfest celebration originated in Munich, Germany in 1810.
The festival is traditionally held in the fall, but Kreuzer says the nice summer weather makes August the perfect time for the celebration.
Oktoberfest will take place Saturday August 5th, to Sunday August 6th, at Long Branch Park in Liverpool.
For additional information, be sure to visit the event’s website.