Get ready for fantastic fall fun as Oktoberfest returns to Little Falls! Think Local brings back this popular Third Thursday celebration this month on October 19 with specials offered by local shops and eateries, along with events and entertainment for the community. This will mark the 5th year for fall themed fun on Main Street and the evening is packed with new events.
Event Chair, Elaine Cobb, shares, “Thanks to the cooperative efforts of Main Street First, Think Local Little Falls, Little Falls Family YMCA, and the City of Little Falls Tourism Committee, we are able to bring this event in the city. Of course, the involvement and support by our local businesses and residents is what makes it work.”
Last year, LiFT (Little Falls Theater) intended to debut a new FREE event for Oktoberfest, but were rained out. “We are hopeful the weather cooperates so LiFT can host our first annual Courage Quest,” explains Matt Powers, LiFT Director. “This is an all-ages obstacle course where participants can come dressed as their favorite super hero or villain to try and ‘save the city.’ Mayor Blask and Little Falls First Responders have agreed to team up with us for this event!” The Courage Quest takes place at 6 pm in the lot of Travelodge and will include a Touch-A-Truck opportunity to explore some of the City’s emergency vehicles. “We want kids to meet our City’s real heroes and explore some of the tools they use to keep us safe,” added Powers.
Classic favorites return for kids’ activities, also to be held at Travelodge from 4-6:30 pm. These include pumpkin bowling, crafts, face painting and
games. Children can also collect FREE book and comics. In addition, the Cub Scouts will hold a popcorn sale. Travelodge will offer a dinner buffet from 5-9 pm that is fall themed for kids at $10.95, with children under 10 at half price.
Cobb notes, “Oktoberfest continues to be one of our larger Third Thursday celebrations and we have continued to grow the event. Brand new this year is our first ever Zombie Run!” With the support of the Little Falls Family YMCA, the Zombie Run will benefit Sitrin Health Care Center’s Military Rehabilitation Program. Registration for this “3-mile run of blood, sweat and fears” begins at 4:30 pm at West Shore Road (before Canal Trail) with the race at 5:30 pm. The cost per runner is $20 with the first 30 to register receiving a free dry-fit t-shirt. All runners will receive 1/2 off a food item at Ole Sal’s Café as well.
Also new this year for the 21+ crowd is a 50/50 Poker Run from 5-8 pm – no running required! Adults can buy a game piece outside any participating bar during the event. Then, draw a card at each of the 7 different bars with any purchase, ultimately picking the best 5 cards on your game piece and turn it in at the American Legion. Best hand of the nights wins 50% of game sales. Participating bars include Renaissance, Ruggiero’s Tap and Tavern, Copper Moose, Happen Inn, Ed & Bud’s, Italian Fest and American Legion. Live music will be performed by the Fulton Chain Gang outside the American Legion from 6-8:30 pm, with plans to move indoors if it should rain.
For those looking to step away from reality, The Shop is hosting Virtual Reality Gaming from 4-8 pm. For $5, guests can fight off an invading hoard or train as a space pirate! Folks can witness the cutting edge of Virtual Reality while taking a tour of the solar system and more!
Cobb explains, “While we are holding most of the activities on Main Street and at Travelodge, the fun spans throughout the city.” According to the event flyer, RD’s Gorge View Lanes will offer 3 games for the price of 2 beginning 5 pm, the Library will hold a talk by Liz Palmer about Blackbeard the Pirate at 6 pm, Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts will have a Coffee House from 6:30-8 pm with music by Praxies Saxes, Story Hour for Grownups at Gansevoort House Books welcomes Bill Bennett reading as Garrison Keillor from 5:30-6:30 pm, and a free German wine tasting at Ann Street Liquor from 4-6 pm. Valley Cinema will also show ‘Lights Out’ (PG-13) at 7:30 pm – free admission.
Think Local member, Laura Powers, reminds us, “This event is designed to reach all ages. And it’s important to remember that Oktoberfest is really an all-day event with drink and food specials at local establishments throughout the day, along with merchant specials.” Powers adds, “Think Local continues to enhance this event in the hopes people enjoy the old and explore the new each year. Thanks to the support and collaboration from the community, we are able to keep the momentum going!”
Events include both family friendly and adult oriented. Flyers outlining additional details are available in many Little Falls businesses. Third Thursday is a Think Local event co-sponsored by the Little Falls Family YMCA and the City of Little Falls Tourism Committee. Support provided by Market NY through I LOVE NY/ New York State’s Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards. Additional financial contributions have been made possible through funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. For more event information, please see www.shoplittlefallsny.com or visit the ‘Think Local Little Falls’ Facebook page.