There will be several new attractions to this year’s Oktoberfest, A new Kiddie Land with a bounce house, Tubs of Fun, Chaos Obstacle Course, mini Ferris Wheel and for the bigger “Kids” we have Mechanical Bull Riding and a 70’ slide!
Also new to the event with be the “Chowdah-fest” sponsored by Atria/Draper Place. The Chowdah-fest will have area restaurants competing with their versions of the famed New England chowders. You’ll be able to taste test each one and vote for your favorite. The cook off is scheduled to start around noon so get there early before it is all gone!
There are plans to have a Firehouse Cook off. The Hopedale Fire Department will be challenging the area firehouses to a Chill-fest! We hope to see our brave men battle with a spoon instead of a hose. Make sure you stop by and thank them for their courageous work! We’ll release more info as it becomes available.
This year’s entertainment will move across from the museum on the corner of Hopedale and Freedom Streets, the center of all the action! We’ll feature 6 bands including James Montgomery and the return of the Double Eagle Oktoberfest German Band
What else can we add ? How about a whacky rubber ducky race ?? You will be able to buy a chance to win $500 and watch a rubber duck race down Hopedale Pond with your number on it! These little ducks will battle diving model airplanes, treacherous waves, curious turtles and competing ducks trying to be the first one to the dam!
Be sure to get your ticket early once the High School announces they are available!
Plans are being made to have a 125th birthday parade through the streets of Hopedale and ending at the Little Red Shop Museum.
If you would like to be part of the planning please contact Harry Murphy, Gene Phillips or Bev Carver.
Details will be released as they become available.
The famous James Montgomery Band will perform on stage at this year’s Oktoberfest and will feature bass guitarist David Hull who performed with Aerosmith from 2006—2007 while Tom Hamilton recovered from medical issues. Stretch out on the grass or bring a chair and enjoy! A meet and greet autograph session will be held and details will be announced as we get closer to the event date.
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This long overdue note is to express my sincerest appreciation to you and your team for preparing and executing an OUTSTANDING Oktoberfest celebration. Having enjoyed a number of regional Oktoberfest celebrations in the greater New England area and in Germany over the years – especially the famed event in Munich - I can honestly say that the Hopedale festival was among the best local experiences that I’ve had.
My family and I enjoyed the wide variety of German foods made available by the participating vendors, particularly the bratwursts, sauerkraut, sausage soup, and outstanding desserts, among other options that I was simply too full to enjoy. My favorite part of the celebration, of course, was the authentic Oktoberfest beer that you offered on tap (my wife enjoyed the Riesling). Well done!
Since attendees are not able to consume beer and wine while walking and visiting street vendors, my only recommendation would be to expand the area where alcohol is consumed as that area was so crowded that it was difficult to find a seat and really enjoy the experience. Nevertheless, we had a great time!
Thank you again for all the time and energy that you and your team no doubt put forward to make this event the success that it clearly was!
All the best,
Robert A. Tremblay
Superintendent, Milford Public Schools
31 West Fountain Street | Milford, Massachusetts 01757