Labor Day Oktoberfest supports area non-profits, youth groups and cultural organizations. So buy a ticket, have fun and do good all at once!
Oktoberfest is first and foremost a family event. We have worked hard to ensure
that families can come out and enjoy the festivites without putting a pinch
on their pocketbooks. For this reason, children under 12 are admitted
free. We have also added to the menu food that kids love to eat, like pizza, hot dogs, corn dogs and lemonade. In addition, we've come up with a host of educational and
fun activites just for kids.
Saturday: 1PM-2PM and 4PM-5PM
Sunday: 1PM-2PM and 4PM-5PM
To call a production by The Frisch Marionette Company
a puppet show would be like calling the Indy 500 "some cars driving." Not too many puppeteers have found themselves featured on Showtime
and in People
magazine. Frisch has been featured in both. In terms of staging, lighting, artistry, and originality, Frisch transcends the usual, and ventures into the extraordinary, mesmerizing children and adults alike with their productions. Doubters need only visit the Testimonials
section of the Frisch website, where words and phrases like, "enthralling", "...best school performance I have seen in my 21 years of teaching," "Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!," and "The children were spellbound" are the norm.
This type of entertainment is rare. This quality of entertainment is even rarer.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
The Frisch Marionette Company began as all good things do, with a thought, a dream and a committed passion to making that dream real. We could say that the beginning of the Frisch Marionettte Company goes all the way back to a childhood puppet show whose impression never ended. That would be true, but it was much later, after many years meandering through the arts that Kevin Frisch rediscovered the beauty, the challenge and satisfaction of puppetry.
By 1986 Kevin had moved to New York City and joined Nicolas Coppola and The Puppetworks of Brooklyn. Working with the many talented puppeteers at the Puppetworks, Kevin developed his own art, craft and skills as a puppeteer and artist. The next nine years were spent touring the New York Metropolitan area as well as performing in The Puppetworks permanent theatres in Brooklyn and Macy's Herald Square.
In 1995 Kevin moved back to Cincinnati to begin what is today The Frisch Marionette Company. Working with a talented team of puppeteers and artists, Kevin has established The Frisch Marionettes as an exceptional entertainment and educational experience for children and adults alike.
Working primarily with marionettes, The Frisch Marionette Company performs in the traditional styles of 19th Century European Puppetry. Drawing inspiration from the great Europeon troupes such as the Salzburg Marionette Theatre, we endeavour to bring one of the great old world arts to young, contemporary imaginations.
Every aspect of a Frisch Marionette production is designed, handcrafted, created and recorded in our own workshops. Each and every puppet is handcarved, every costume is sewn and custom tailored for each character. We take great pride in our craft, but we're even more proud of the excited, twinkling eyes of wonder that surround us at the end of each performance.
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Award winning home builder, Dr. John Learner thrives despite the foreclosure crisis. No matter the economy, the market seems to eat his houses up! Dr. Learner will build a special haunted gingerbread house which will be on display throughout the Oktoberfest. He will also offer classes on how kids can construct their own incredible edible edifices!
Classes on gingerbread house building will be limited to 20 houses per class, so you can take the class by yourself or with your family. A signup sheet will be posted shortly, and there will be a nominal fee of $10 to help offset the costs of staffing the gingerbread house building classes. Our thanks to
Pat Catan's Craft Centers for donating the kits used to create the houses, as well as to Sweeties Candy
for donating the candy necessary to decorate your gingerbread house.
With champion sand sculptor Carl Jara on hand to create a scene depicting the Budweiser Clydesdales, we thought
it would be fun to give the children in attendance a chance to
create their own sand sculptures.
In previous years children marvelled over a 15 foot tall castle in the likeness of Neuschwanstein, a scene from the Von Steuben Day parade in Ferris Bueler's Day Off, a banquet scene including Mad King Ludwig, as well as scenes from Hansel and Gretel, the flight of the Valkyries, and Beowulf fighting the dragon. Inspired by a true master craftsman, childdren of all ages, with plastic buckets and shovels in tow, have the opportunity to go about sculpting kingdoms of their own, while interacting with other children. After all, there's nothing
that consumes a child's imagination like building a sand castle!
Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
A favorite with children of all ages, Spring Mist Farms will again be offering
FREE HAY RIDES!
Bring the kids out, pile into a rickety horse drawn wagon,
and soak in the last of summer sunshine.
Oktoberfest is also pleased to introduce our new mascot, Otto the Wiener Dog
. Otto doesn't bite, is house-trained, has all his shots, loves catching frisbees, locating avalanche victims, and long walks on the beach. Given his human-size dimensions, Otto is having trouble finding a forever companion, so if you know any giant female wiener dogs, please let Otto know as his paws are too big to operate a keyboard. In the run up to the Oktoberfest, we'll try to get Otto out of his dog house as much as possible, so don't be surprised to see him at sporting events, parades, slipping into the frame behind Hoda & Kathie Lee, or at ribbon cuttings, newsworthy crime scenes, political rallies... or any other venue into which we can sneak a giant wiener dog. An artist's rendering of Otto can be seen to the right.
If you've ever seen children bouncing in an inflatable space walk,
you realize that kids can't get enough of them. They can jump and bounce virtually
all day, which usually means that they will sleep all night -- not an altogether
bad thing. Family Fun Attractions will be traveling in from Pittsburgh with several different inflatables for
the kids, including a Titanic Slide, Obstacle Course, and Combo Bouncer.
NEW IN 2010!
This year, Family Fun Attractions will be upping the ante, bringing in some very cool slides and rides. The huge Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course, complete with two slides, will keep the kids thoroughly engaged. There will also be a smaller obstacle course and three different types of play and bounce for the younger ones.
Then there's the Euro Bubble pool, where kids can pilot their own bubble like a buoyant bumper car. Additionally available is a Rock Climbing Wall, a
Climb And Slide, and lastly, there's the Euro Bungy, where kids can harness themselves in and, with the help of a trampoline, gain a bird's eye view of the Oktoberfest. If they're particularly adventurous, they may even try a few somersaults. Regardless, your children will have a blast with all the new slides and rides at the 2010 Cleveland Oktoberfest
All rides are all illuminated, so the Children's Area will remain open after sunset. Each Unit is staffed by a qualified attendant. So bring the kids and lets get Octoberfest hoppin!
You have the option to pay by the ride, or purchase an All-Day Wristband.
We've designated a special area for Arts & Crafts, where kids can conjure
all sorts of fun and artistic inventions. Give a child a bottle of glue, a
stack of colored paper, and some tubes of paint, and you'd be amazed what
wonderful things they can create. On the off chance that they don't make anything
wonderful, they'll most certainly have fun making a mess--the good news is
that it won't be in your kitchen! Prices for individual crafts vary.
With artists from the Cleveland Institute of Art on hand to create our amazing sidewalk chalk art exhibit, we wanted to give kids the chance to try their hand, and boy did they ever! After a day of rain on Saturday, we needed some sunshine, and the kids made it happen, drawing at last count 17 smiling yellow suns on the sidewalk, as well as quite a bit of broccoli (trees), stick figure families, and two window, one door houses. Bring your little artists out; and don't worry, we'll provide the chalk.
The kids will love the wiener dog races which include a "Best Dressed Dog" competition. If you want, you can dress the family wiener dog in costume and enter the contest. Your pet may never forgive you, but the pictures will be priceless!