CRANFORD - The Cranford Jaycees have announced that the annual Cranford Oktoberfest event will be a town-wide celebration this year.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s event looks a little different, but the beer and brats will be just as tasty. Typically held in the parking lot of Union County College, this year the Cranford Jaycees are bringing the party to you. Participants can throw their own parties on Saturday, October 3rd and the Jaycees will supply the food, glass mugs, t-shirts, beverages, and even the band for those who would like traditional live Oktoberfest-style music.
“Oktoberfest has always sold out quickly, and this year gives us the opportunity to expand beyond one location. We wanted to keep the tradition going and are excited to share the experience with even more folks than a normal year.” said Shaun Rees, head of the Oktoberfest planning committee. “Plus, we know that this event is a major fundraiser for the Cranford First Aid Squad, and we want to give back after everything they’ve done for our community this year.”
People can order from a range of menu options at https://cranford-jaycees-oktoberfest.squarespace.com/, including ready-to-eat and heat-to-eat meals, commemorative glass mugs and shirts, beverages, plus a live band. Orders will be delivered on or by October 3rd. There is also an option to make a direct donation to the First Aid Squad.
Oktoberfest supports a substantial portion of Cranford First Aid Squad's annual budget, which has allowed their leadership to build a township resource that is the envy of many. In 2019, the Cranford Jaycees awarded $20,000 from Oktoberfest to the Cranford First Aid Squad, plus additional community programs.
Through July, the Cranford First Aid Squad responded to almost 700 calls this year, ranging from motor vehicle accidents to falls, while taking extra precautions for Covid-19.
“In non-2020 years, the Cranford First Aid Squad does great work, but in 2020 they have truly ‘answered the bell,’” said Rees.
A live stream on TV35 and Facebook will commence at 4 p.m. with a traditional German band on display. Afterwards, the band will make their way through town playing at different satellite locations from 5-10 p.m. The Jaycees are also planning on having prizes that folks can win based on Oktoberfest-style games, as well as awards for the best Oktoberfest setup.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Andrew Feldman contributed to this article.