2012-10-04 / Front Page

Beer, brats, blacksmithing and more at Horse Park’s Oktoberfest event

Some proceeds from event will go to park maintenance
BY JANE MEGGITT Correspondent

UPPER FREEHOLD — Oktoberfest is taking over the Horse Park of New Jersey (HPNJ) on Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Featuring food, local beers, music, fun and prizes, this first-time event at the HPNJ will raise funds for both park maintenance and the annual Jersey Fresh Three-Day Event, scheduled for May 9-12.

HPNJ board member Allyson Jeffery, Millstone, is coordinating the Oktoberfest. She said Keris Tree Farm, just down the road from the HPNJ on Route 524, is helping to decorate the HPNJ pavilion in an Alpine fashion, complete with pine trees. The farm will also bring some decorations from their holiday shop, which opens Nov. 17. She added that the Oktoberfest beer will come from the Triumph Brewing Company in Princeton.

Jeffery said it’s a way to sample “craft” beer that is not widely distributed to the public.

Guests can also sample tastings from Flying Fish Brewery, of Somerdale. For those who prefer wine over beer, Four JG’s Winery, of Colts Neck, will also offer tastings.

Ricki Neuberg, owner of Nearaway Farm, Millstone, donated the bratwurst, Nuremberg sausages and spaetzle to make it a true Oktoberfest. Jeffery said traditional red cabbage, sauerkraut and potato salads will also be served, along with other delicacies.

Guests can bid for prizes, including a set of quoits donated by Harry’s Sporting Goods, Robbinsville; a Kindle donated by Kathy Culler of Into the Woods Farm, Upper Freehold; and a Neiman Marcus gift basket.

Freehold resident Mary Alice Goss is coordinating the blacksmithing competition, which she said has gotten bigger and better since its introduction last year at the HPNJ’s Country Hoedown. The cash prize for the winner has been increased to $250, sponsored by Across the Anvil East, Freehold. Those interested in taking part as contestants can register with Across the Anvil East, 920 Route 33, Freehold, in person, by phone or via email. Contestants can also sign up the day of the event at 3:30 p.m. Goss pointed out that this is the only blacksmith competition in the state. The item that participants must create this year is “something for the garden.”

All those who have wiener dogs with speed can bring them to the Oktoberfest for the “Dachshund Dash.” Dill’s Feed and Supplies, Freehold, is the official sponsor, and will be providing a basket of doggie goodies to the winner.

Plumsted resident Reid Totten is a blacksmith, but won’t be able to compete in this year’s contest — he’s too busy providing music at Oktoberfest with his classic rock band, Something Shiny.

Tickets are $40 per person in advance and $45 at the door. The park is located at 626 Route 524. For more information, visit www.horseparkofnewjersey.com.

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