Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Oktupperfest Offers Local Brew, Pumpkin Tossing

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 3.07.27 PMOktupperfest originated at Big Tupper Ski Resort in the 1970s, and returned in 2011 after a 10-year hiatus. According to Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce Events Administrator Adam Baldwin, this annual event is family-friendly and fun for all ages.

Baldwin says, “Oktupperfest is a family oriented event filled with live music for everyone. There are tons of things to do. The chairlift is a one-way ride, but it isn’t a huge mountain so people can walk back down from the top. We gear the event toward families, not just kids. We have German food, vendors and kids games as well as adult activities such as the pumpkin slingshot.”

Baldwin said Oktupperfest is unique, and not just because it’s set in a beautiful mountainous location overlooking Tupper Lake.  North Country Heli-Flite, based out of Bolton Landing, will be on hand to provide scenic helicopter tours over Mt Morris with views of the High Peaks and Tupper Lake. Owner Bruce Mowery credentials include being a helicopter pilot as well as a fixed-wing, multi-engine, instrument-rated pilot. He has been operating aircraft in the Northeast for the last 17 years. Ride prices are currently being negotiated, but will average about $30 a seat.

“There are fees involved with some of the activities such as the ZORB balls, helicopter rides, pumpkin paintball and pumpkin slingshot,” says Baldwin. “The ZORBs are nine-foot round and people crawl inside them to roll around like a giant hamster ball. Other activities are free like the chairlift rides and live music.”

Oktupperfest takes place on September 26 at the Big Tupper Ski Resort from 11 am until 6 pm. Admission is $5 per person and $20 per car. Craft vendors will be set up inside Big Tupper Ski Lodge and their will be tastings from Big Tupper Brewery.

Illustration provided.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

4 Responses

  1. JIm says:

    I heard Big Tupper is going to be open full tilt this winter now that the lawsuits have been settled and the developers are free to get things moving, is that correct? How are things going in Tupper, have a bunch of new businesses opened up like they were predicting?

  2. John Warren says:

    I have not heard that and would be surprised if that’s the case.

    Brian Mann recently addressed this issue here (near the bottom):

    Jeff Farbaniec also wrote about this issue here:

  3. JIm says:

    Wow John, Those articles sure are not to optimistic for Big Tupper being back to full operation, I guess the rumors down in the Glens Falls area are just that, rumors. To bad, that is a great little ski area.

  4. John Warren says:

    Something I’ve noticed doing the weekly outdoor conditions report is that even when they are open, they often don’t announce it. People from outside the community often have no way of knowing when they are open and when they are not.

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