An Oktoberfest For The Kids


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It’s unlikely, even in Germany, that there would be much room for kids at an Oktoberfest celebration. But Our Lady of the Lake must  put up the giant tent that covers its parking lot for its October 8 Oktoberfest a few days early, which got folks there thinking about what else could be done under the big top.

The answer is Kinderfest, a festival for the younger crowd that will take place on Friday, October 7 from 4 to 9 p.m. In place of the tankards for Oktoberfest there will be a dunk tank, baseball speed pitch, obstacle course, dual lane slide, high striker and Moon bounce, as well as strolling entertainment like a juggler, stilt walker and magician. There will also be kid-friendly music, an arts and crafts area and food.

“It is so much fun being under that giant tent,” says Teresa Johnson, who is one of the organizers. “So we decided to put together something that families could come to with their children, even teenage children.”

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Kinderfest will work something like a carnival. Admission and musical entertainment will be free, but attendees will need to purchase tickets that can be redeemed for activities and food. “We’re going to try to make it as affordable as possible,” promises Johnson. Eats for the evening will be provided by Eight Hills Caterers, Frank Anthony’s and Verona Pizza.

Thanks to the tent, Kinderfest will be held rain or shine. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call (973) 239-1042.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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