Fair Haven had its first Oktoberfest on Saturday as part of its gala centennial celebration this year.
The event, sponsored by The Foundation of Fair Haven, featured music, dancing, authentic German cuisine and bottomless steins of beer.
"This was to kick off fund raising efforts to have a Fair Haven Day in June of 2013," Councilwoman Susan Sorensen, who also chairs the Foundation, said. "Fair Haven’s Centennial Day this past June was such a tremendous community affair and success, we are hoping to duplicate it again next year."
Behind the scenes, the event was coordinated by Fair Haven Recreation Director Charlie Hoffmann, who has been referred to as the borough's “quarterback” for events. "He coordinated the event and worked closely with DPW to ensure that the site was ready for Oktoberfest," Sorensen said. "This event also, really highlighted the beautifully restored building owned by Smart Start Preschool. The owners, Debbie and Gene Trotta, generously donated the use of the main hall, which they rent out."
The German cuisine was provided by Fairwinds Deli, featuring knockwurst, bratwurst, sauerkraut and cabbage to name a few. Chocolate covered pretzels were provided by Daisy Chocolates.
River Road Band provided the music, which included some authentic German songs.
The committee that assisted in the Oktoberfest preparations included: Amanda Lynn, Marie Noglows, Erin Gotch, Nicole Rice, Susan Sorensen, Hoffmann and Allyson Cinquegrana, Borough Clerk/Assistant Administrator.
Commemorative ceramic steins are still available, but supplies are limited. Please contact Charlie Hoffmann at Borough Hall if you would like to purchase one.
In the meantime, check out the photos above for a glimpse into the evening.