Brian Pugh: Happy Oktoberfest!

Dear Neighbors:brian-pugh-group-cropped

Last Saturday’s Oktoberfest was an opportunity for neighbors to meet and welcome the arrival of autumn together.  It was also a chance to introduce visitors to our Village. Who knows which guests from the weekend will be inspired to purchase a property, raise a family or establish a business in our community.

I am writing to congratulate the Croton Police Department and the Village’s Dept. of Public Works on ensuring a safe and successful Oktoberfest on Saturday.  Protecting and preparing for hundreds of guests is no small feat and, as usual, our Village workforce did an excellent job.

We thank our sponsors for their generosity and support of this event!: CKO Kickboxing,  Croton Youth Lacrosse, Coldwell Banker. DGA Insurance, Geberth Electric, the Hilpert Law Firm and M&S Custom Builders.

Also noteworthy was the financial contribution and full-day presence of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored an informational booth highlighting its newly re-launched “Croton Business Council’, an innovative program that is rapidly evolving into Croton’s own village-focused, Chamber of Commerce.

Based on my discussions with participants Oktoberfest was profitable for many of our local businesses. Vendors included: 105-Twenty; ASAP Mortgage; Baked by Susan; BHHS Realty; Bias Cut LLC; Birdsall House; Black Rock Kitchen; Campbell Meats; Croton Tapsmith; Cub Scouts; Dam Good English Muffins; Deprez Wines; Donna Baker Photography; Fable Farms; Farmers Touch; Fino; Grandstand; Green Growler; La Bella Sophia; Redline Roadhouse; Second Mouse Cheese Shop; The Dessertist; Touchstone Crystal; Tree Juice Maple Syrup; Zwilling Cooking Studio.  Special thanks to Tracy Shea and Toni Senecal of the Tapsmith for suggesting to the Village Board that our planned for fall festival be located on Grand Street and take the form of Oktoberfest.

This year’s Oktoberfest was the first of its kind in our Village.  It’s strong attendance is a testament to the spirit of the community and the quality of our local businesses.  The successful management of Oktoberfest is a testament to the professionalism of our Village’s professional staff–who also recently assumed responsibility for organizing Summerfest.

Thank you again to all that participated and made this such a great event for our community.


Brian Pugh, Mayor

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