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Chamber’s Ogtoberfest a success

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The launch of the Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce Ogtoberfest last month was a success, and the event will be back next year and likely annually.

Chamber Executive Director Sandra M. Porter said Thursday the Oct. 6 outdoor celebration of food, drink, music and children’s games in the Greenbelt was a well-attended, enthusiastically received hit.

“It was, it certainly was,” she said. “All we heard about it was positive stuff. We will definitely have one next year.”

The event also made money for the Chamber, turning a profit of just over $1,200. Hosmer’s Marina contributed $500 to the bottom line. That sum was actually 75 percent of its profit from its Ogtoberfest beer tent.

Also sharing the wealth with the Ogtoberfest’s bottom line was Seaway Valley Jumpers and its inflatable children’s playground.

It donated 10 percent of its profits from the day to the chamber, which amounted to $170.

Ms. Porter said the Ogtoberfest was the beneficiary of “a different demographic” than the chamber’s signature annual event, the North Country Wine, Beer and Food Festival. A key factor, she noted, was the presence last month of more families with children.

At the same time, Ms. Porter said, the chamber, in sponsoring the Ogtoberfest and the Wine, Beer and Food festival has the distinction of staging “one-of-a-kind events for the county.”

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