It was a sold-out event in 2019 and tickets are already selling quickly. The 2021 Northport Fire Department Oktoberfest is set for October 2, from 12-5pm. Taking place at the Northport Fire Department (NFD) Fairgrounds, at the corner of Clipper Drive and Steers Avenue, the space is large enough to host adults and families, with a few individual tents and multiple tables to allow for social distancing. Only 500 tickets will be sold, and according to Brad Wine, former Chief of the Northport Fire Department and event organizer, 100 have sold already.
“This pays for things that we can’t use taxpayer money for,” Brad explained to the Journal, including maintaining antique department trucks, offering scholarships to kids who are involved with the fire department, keeping the junior program going, and providing refreshments for volunteers after meetings. The department also uses the funds to make donations to other local organizations, like the Rotary Club. “We all help each other out,” Brad noted.
Northport Oktoberfest will feature food, drinks and live entertainment from some of Northport’s most popular businesses and community members. Beers by Sand City Brewing Co. and Harbor Head Brewery will be available on tap, and Del Vino Vineyards generously donated wine for the event. A German meal will be served, along with hot dogs and hamburgers. For live music, local band Dizzy After Midnight and Nashville recording artist Danielle Cormier will be performing. And there will be a 50/50 raffle and baskets made up of goods from local businesses.
Event tickets cost $60 for general admission, which includes beer and wine, food and live music. There’s also a designated driver/under 21 option, which costs $35 and comes with food and soda/water, plus full access to the grounds and entertainment. Ticket prices will increase by $10 after September 19 and will likely sell out before the event date. Visit nfdoktoberfest.eventbrite.com for more information.