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Second annual Ogtoberfest brings crowd to Ogdensburg’s Greenbelt


OGDENSBURG — A celebration of fall, food and favorite local vendors, crafters and music drew many to the city’s Greenbelt on Saturday for a day near the water.

The weather stayed dry for most of the second annual Ogtoberfest, organized by the Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce. The event featured seasonal traditions such as cider-making as well as live music from Patrick C. Duffy, a beer garden and children’s games, bounce houses and face painting.

“Any outdoor event, you take a chance, but we make the best of it,” said Sandra M. Porter, chamber executive director. “The rain won’t slow us down even if it does rain.”

Fireworks lit up the sky at 7:30 p.m., ending the festival with a bang.

Admission was $2 for adults, with all of the proceeds going to the Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber President Lori A. Smithers said that even though last year’s event was a success with about 300 people in attendance, she expected this year’s event to attract even more visitors.

“Last year was the first year, so now that the word’s out, I think it will just grow from here,” she said.

Ms. Porter said Ogtoberfest originated as a way to bring the community together in a family-friendly event that had something for everyone.

“Last year, it was so well received that people made a point of stopping and thanking us for doing it,” she said. “We’ve already reserved the space for next year.”

This year, the 10th Mountain Division Band from Fort Drum was supposed to perform, but it was forced to cancel because of the government shutdown.

“I know last year they were a huge draw, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens,” said Jo Ann Roberts, Pierrepont.

Ms. Roberts had a booth at the festival representing her business, the Nut Shop International, which features different types of nuts.

“I have a wide variety of nuts, flavored nuts and jams that I make,” she said. “I did it this year based on last year’s success.”

Ann M. Bennett, Heuvelton, represented her Bittersweet Farm with a booth of soup mixes, breads, snacks and other recipes that she creates with different herbs.

She said Ogtoberfest was successful last year, so she returned this year.

“This is something that Ogdensburg hasn’t really had in the fall, so it’s been more of a family event,” she said.

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