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Buffalo Octoberfest celebrating 25 years

Oct. 05, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Octoberfest is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and organizer Susan Howard hopes the community will help to make it the biggest and best yet.

The festival is planned for 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, on W.Va. 62, next to Buffalo High School and one mile north of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia Plant in Buffalo.

The festival is different from many others because it offers free admission and parking to visitors, and it is completely free for vendors and organizations to set up booths to sell items for profit, raise funds for non-profit groups, or simply share information with the community.

"This has meant an event that is affordable for families, seniors and others to attend and enjoy the day without a great cost," Howard said in a press release. "Many of the food vendors are churches and groups which prepare a variety of home-style food at a reasonable cost."

Howard said about 150 vendors have participated in recent years, and she is hoping for even more on the 25th anniversary.

Along with the vendors, visitors will be treated to free musical entertainment, demonstrations, pioneer life re-enactments, and more. And the highlight for children is the free, two-hour-long S.T.A.R.S. Family Fun Fest, which will offer about 15 inflatable games and activities, all free thanks to donations from corporate sponsors. It is planned for noon until 2 p.m.

Children can also choose from pony rides, a petting zoo, buggy rides and educational living history enactors.

For more information about the festival, or to reserve free vendor space, call Howard at 304-937-2747.