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OGDENSBURG – If the Seaway Festival is any indication, Ogdensburg knows how to celebrate. And the Greater Chamber of Commerce thinks it has found a new annual tradition: Ogtoberfest.

Saturday’s festivities brought families of all ages and sizes to the grounds outside the Dobisky Visitors Center.

Unlike Germany’s Octoberfest, there were no women or men clad in lederhosen or a fountain made of steins, brimming with beer. However, there was still plenty of excitement to be had as people stood in line for draft seasonal beer such as Samuel Adams Octoberfest at the beer garden. While on the other end of the greenbelt, kids waited their turn to play in one of the many bounce houses set up next to Kids Kingdom.

“The weather is so nice, and it is a great place to take the kids,” said Becky S. Piercey, who brought her eight-year-old son Drew G.A. Piercey.

Dressed in uniform, the Army’s 10th Mountain Division Band from Fort Drum blew the crowd away with their versions of toe-tapping hits “I Will Survive” and “Boogie Oogie Oogie.”

The Chamber-sponsored GreenMarket was also represented as local farmers were invited to sell their produce. Jack A. Downing, 14, was on hand to sell his handpicked concord grapes. He said he sold over 20 jars of his homemade grape juice, made from concord grapes in his backyard.

“October is actually a great time to pick and sell grapes,” Mr. Downing said. “You pick them starting in September and pick them until the first hard frost hits. I’ve been going to the farmer’s market for a while. This is a great opportunity to introduce them to new people. I’ve enjoyed it very much.”

Chamber Executive Director Sandra M. Porter the said she hopes to make Ogtoberfest an annual event.

“We’ve had people here all day since we began,” said Ms. Porter. “It’s more successful than I could have ever imagined.”

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