The Lynbrook community will come together for a cause on Saturday as Oktoberfest returns to the village after being canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Around 3,000 people attended the inaugural event in 2019 – many of whom are dressed in traditional German lederhosen – to sample German specialties, beer and other drinks, as well as the Johnny Sinatra Band.
This year, several vendors will have kiosks around the perimeter of the park, and there will be fun for the whole family, as well as beer, kids and groups. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lynbrook Community Chest, which provides financial assistance to residents of the village who have gone through difficult times.
“The Lynbrook Community Chest is a very near and dear charity to so many in the community,” said Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce Vice President Nazia DeFrank, who added that the village trustee, Laura Ryder has helped her immensely.
DeFrank said she hopes the event will be “bigger and better” than the 2019 release, and to help achieve that, she is planning a Bavarian chocolate pie tasting competition. Local businesses are sponsoring the competition and the judges will be Hempstead City Councilor Anthony D’Esposito, Mayor Alan Beach, Deputy Mayor Michael Hawxhurst, Lynbrook Police Chief Brian Paladino and resident Cathy Ryder-Bien. Thirty competitors will compete for $ 100; all participants will win prizes.
Beach and the village council created the inaugural event because the mayor, who is German-American, hosts an Oktoberfest at his home around his birthday every October. Plus, he said, he thought it would be a fun event and a good way to raise money for the community chest. Lynbrook Community Chest President Brian Curran, a former congregation member, said he was grateful for the event and would help “the residents and families of Lynbrook who may be going through difficult times and who really need help ”.
This year’s event is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Greis Park. Kids will be able to participate in games and crafts, and there will be a magician, bouncy house, ferris wheel, and balloon artist. For adults, there will be a beer mug contest at 7 p.m.
“I’m very happy that we can be successful again, and it looks like we’re getting a great response from the merchants,” Beach said. “We get donations to help him, so it’s not a cost to residents. “
The outing will also feature many volunteers, with members of the Association of Public Service Employees serving beer and members of the Knights of Columbus-St. Mary’s Maris / Stella Council selling food and tickets.
The event costs $ 10 for adults and $ 5 for children, and tickets can be purchased at the entrance. To learn more, visit lynbrookvillage.net.
“It’s food and fun,” Beach said.