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Ryan Davis, 11, laughs as he takes a photo with his mom Shanda Wright

Ryan Davis, 11, laughs as he takes a photo with his mom Shanda Wright in the Oktoberfest sign on Saturday afternoon. The photo backdrop was set up right by the front entrance and had the Crazy Woman Square stage as a backdrop to the backdrop.

Buffalo's annual Oktoberfest returned to Crazy Woman Square on Sept. 11 as community members and guests joined together to celebrate the traditional German holiday. Held on the same day as the 20th anniversary as 9/11, the event began with a remembrance moment and continued into the festivities — including traditional German food, games and music. The afternoon event brought attendees out into the sunshine to celebrate, with facts about the holiday shared periodically while everyone ate and drank. 

Mark Wilson, from Big Horn Radio, helped get the Oktoberfest event started

Mark Wilson, from Big Horn Radio, helped get the Oktoberfest event started first with a remembrance for the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday afternoon. Wilson led a prayer and a moment of silence in the square before handing the mic off to Mayor Shane Schrader to kick off Buffalo’s Oktoberfest.

Kerry and Dale Hoffmann perform on their Alphorns beside fellow players

Kerry and Dale Hoffmann perform on their Alphorns beside fellow players Edre Maier and Ryan Schasteen on Saturday afternoon. The group calls themselves the Big Horn Alphorns and plays at events like Buffalo’s Oktoberfest.

Reagan Butterfield, 9, closes her eyes and sits as still as she can

Reagan Butterfield, 9, closes her eyes and sits as still as she can while face painter Jenny Wuerker designs a brightly colored fox on her face on Saturday afternoon at Oktoberfest. Face painting was one of several booths offering crafts, foods and activities for event attendees.

The band played from the parked trailer stage

The “We’re Here for the Beer” band joined the Oktoberfest event for another year of performing traditional music on Saturday afternoon.

A plate of traditional foods was the meal of the day

A plate of traditional foods was the meal of the day, including brats, sauerkraut, a german potato salad and apple strudel with ice cream for desert on Saturday afternoon. The food is prepared during the week leading up to the event by the event creators at Buffalo Events.

Taylor Hilko, from Sheridan, pulls the two person crosscut saw

Taylor Hilko, from Sheridan, pulls the two person crosscut saw back to him during his timed run with friend Austin Peterson on Saturday afternoon. Logs were set up so that attendees could try their hand at quickly cutting a piece off of the logs. Hilko and Peterson finished with a time of just under three and a half minutes. When they were about halfway through the log, Hilko looked around and asked between breaths, “What’s the elevation around here?”

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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