May 6, 2021

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Essex

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Essex with a festive evening of German Beer tasting, hearty German-style hors d’oeuvres, traditional Oom-pah music and Masskrugstemmen, a well-known competitive Bavarian sport.  Venture over to the Essex Island Marina on October 1st, from 4-7pm to join the fun.  Parking is available in front of Essex Boat Works and the Essex Island Marina ferry will shuttle guests over to the island.  Tickets are $20 and may be purchased from Donna Hyde at (860) 767-0061 or at the door.

Essex Oktoberfest Chair, Donna Hyde, said, “I’m excited about this event.  Originally this was going to be a small gathering. It bloomed into an Oktoberfest as I talked with others and we wanted a fun and unique event that provided an opportunity for everyone in town to meet our Republican candidates.  Some of our committee members have attended Oktoberfest in Germany and wanted to incorporate many traditional aspects of an Oktoberfest into the evening, including Masskrugstemmen.”  Masskrugstemmen is the lifting of a mug of beer with one arm, completely stretched out and parallel to the floor. The goal is simple: To hold a filled stein as long as possible.  It is not as easy as some may think.

Essex Oktoberfest is open to the entire community.  Sponsored by the Essex Republican Town Committee, the Oktoberfest will support campaigns for the following Essex candidates:

Bruce MacMillian – First Selectman

Joel Marzi – Selectman

Judy McCann and Adam Conrad – Board of Education

Chris Riley – Region 4 Board of Education

Keith Crehan and Jeff Woods – Board of Finance

John Ackermann – Board of Assessment Appeals


For more information and tickets, contact Donna Hyde (860) 767-0061.