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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.