Locktoberfest celebrates 5th ‘packed’ year

Phoenix Locktoberfest, pictured above in 2018, will begin Saturday morning.

PHOENIX—The fifth annual Locktoberfest in the village of Phoenix kicks off Saturday morning, with the all-day event including fun for the entire family.

The Phoenix Locktoberfest event, one of several such events taking place throughout the state’s historic Erie Canal system, runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday throughout the downtown village streets. The admission-free event includes musicians, food vendors, street performers, local artisans, and guided tours of the lock and drawbridge, with activities for children, as well as tastings of locally sourced wines and ciders.

Downtown Phoenix and the canal area are set to host crafters and artisans selling locally made, one-of-a-kind creations, in addition to local nonprofit groups spreading awareness of their services and products.

“It’s a pretty packed day,” Village Administrator Jim Lynch said.

The event has grown explosively in popularity and now boasts more than 100 vendors, 30 food trucks, two stages with 10 different bands, helicopter rides, and a fireworks display. Fireworks are scheduled to start around 9 p.m. and run for roughly 15 minutes.

The annual event, which started as a fall festival and grew into Locktoberfest, is sponsored by nonprofit Phoenix Rising in coordination with the New York State Canal Corporation and village of Phoenix

"Locktoberfest celebrations were started to show that activities on the canal are still going strong even after the leaves are starting to change," said New York State Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton. "As the southern gateway to the Oswego Canal, Phoenix has done a great job with its Locktoberfest celebration, which keeps getting better every year with its increasing variety of food and drink, crafts and fireworks. The village and the community members and businesses who belong to Phoenix Rising have a lot to be proud of."

Music kicks off at noon, with Scars N Stripes Unplugged on the main stage and Payton Bird and Sean Fried on the Lock 1 stage. Custom Taylor Band will close out the night, playing from 9:30-11 p.m. on the main stage.

This year’s event is set to include everything from kids’ games to Lock 1 Distillery unveiling its new 101 proof inferno whiskey. Oct. 6 marks the start of Firefighters Week, and the distillery is putting together a large firefighter-themed display to unveil Inferno Whiskey, which goes on sale for the first time Oct. 5.

Also included in this year’s event are a 95-foot inflatable obstacle course for children and adults, pony rides, wine slushies and craft beers.

For more information, or to see a schedule of events for the day, visit the Locktoberfest – Village of Phoenix Facebook page.

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