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Village of Springville celebrates autumn’s arrival with Oktoberfest celebration

GOOD THINGS TO COME — Robin Frey and Springville Center for the Arts Executive Seth Wochensky are shown advertising the coming Art’s Cafe, in the works to be opened at 5 East Main St. in Springville by the SCA. Photos by Sandy Dashnaw.
SPRINGVILLE — Carol Shuman said she skipped the Falling Leaves Festival in Salamanca to attend Springville’s Oktoberfest on Saturday.

For the hundreds of people who showed up on Saturday, the seventh annual Oktoberfest, held at the Springville Volunteer Fireman’s Park, was a chance to celebrate autumn.

“We come for the beer,” Shuman said, with a laugh. Accompanying her was her sister Sylvia and her sister’s boyfriend.

Shuman said she heard that festival organizers were promoting new additions to the menu, including a German bratwurst concocted by The Meat Shoppe, and some new ciders.

Shuman said that, as the night went on, she planned to dip into the dark, Bavarian Marzen beer. According to the festival flyer, this brew was served at the first Oktoberfest celebration in 1810.

GOLDEN OLDIES — Pictured are some of the antique cars featured at the Springville Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest.
The event also included a Southtowns German Car and Motorcycle Show. While many car and motorcycle enthusiasts wandered among the selections, quoting off makes and models, Matt Shaffer of Gowanda said that he did not know any of those statistics.

“I just like looking at them,” he said. “My dad would have known what some of them are, but he passed away last year.”

The Springville Jazz Orchestra, led by Bill Cocca, played early on, during the festival, while The Frankfurters concluded the night, with an evening performance.

Springville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kate Moody called this year’s event “by far, the most successful of the last seven years.

“I remember our first year,” she said. “It was held the day after the October blizzard. We were still digging out, the day of.”

This was the first year the event saw sunshine for most of the celebration.

Like many chambers of commerce throughout the nation, the Springville organization depends on festivals like Oktoberfest for a large portion of its operating budget, according to Moody.

SWEET REWARDS — Cassandra Hardick of Orchard Park is pictured selling candy from the Village Sweet Shop of Hamburg.
“We can’t stress enough how important it is for these events to be successful,” she said. “We’re just so happy that the weather cooperated.”

While Moody said that the final amount of money raised during Saturday’s event had not yet been tallied, she added that she expects it to be “significant.”

One of the businesses that Moody noted as helping make the Oktoberfest a success was Gordon Biersch, a microbrewery with a national location in Cheektowaga, which supplied the beer.

Other sponsors included Gernatt Asphalt, Kaleidoscope Komputer, Rosina Food Products, Cheap Chollies, Community Bank, Emerling’s, InTomes Technical Services, Jim Merenick State Farm, R.A. Mercer & Company, Seneca Steel Erectors, The Zoar, Apple Dumplin’ Restaurant, Carpet World, Cassetta Agency, Cottage Industries, EGW Personnel, Gramco, Horschel Brothers Precision, McDonald’s, Springville Eye Care, T.G. Adams, Volland Electric and Willey Well Drilling.

The German Car and Motorcycle Show was sponsored by Concord Mechanical, Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo, Northtown Auto Porsche, Oasis Bed and Breakfast and Towne BMW.
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