Northjersey.com - Sept 30th:

VERNON, N.J.- Mountain Creek closed out this weekend’s 2-day Oktoberfest with record attendance, an inaugural Lederhosen 5K, and shared success with the local community. General Manager Jason Bays reported "More than 15,000 people attended this year’s event, with a record-breaking day on Saturday under beautiful fall skies and perfect temperatures. New attractions like our mountain top Overlook with the Swiss Alpenhorns, a hot air balloon and exciting skydiving exhibitions each day really added to the festival, which has grown significantly in the past two years."

Oktoberfest has been a ritual since it’s inception in 1985, and moved to Mountain Creek four years ago. It continues to be something of a ritual for locals and travelers alike. "Oktoberfest is like a homecoming. Friends use the event as an annual get-together," said resort President Bill Benneyan. "I heard a story today about a young recent graduate who flew home from California to be here with her friends. We had a proposal in the horse carriage yesterday, and two brides who decided to get married on the mountain top Overlook! We were absolutely blessed with the weather this year. I have to thank everyone who works to plan this event, but even more importantly, thank you to everyone who comes together to celebrate the harvest season here in this beautiful setting. Plus, it falls on Jimmy’s birthday!," referring to Grammy award-winning headliner Jimmy Sturr. "We’re looking forward to next year already, bigger and better."

On Sunday, dozens of runners took part in the first ever Lederhosen 5K run which began at Mountain Creek, and traversed the Great Gorge golf course, which was recently purchased by the resort and is planned to re-open in Spring 2017. Oktoberfest organizer Chris Haggerty spearheaded the new event "as a way to kick off Sunday, and to work off the great meals from the day before."

Memorializing the great weekend, Mountain Creek CEO Jeffrey Koffman announced the sharing of a portion of this year’s proceeds with a number of local community organizations and causes. Those included the two volunteer ambulance and four volunteer fire departments that serve the area, Wounded Warriors, the local VFW, Kyle Dehn from Vernon who will be representing the US at the World Winter Special Olympic Games in Austria this season, and Vinny Ventriglia’s Go Fund Me campaign.

"Oktoberfest weekend really brings home the value of community and shared celebration. The event brings a lot of great people to us, and I really enjoyed meeting so many people from different areas, and locals who regaled us with the history of the area and support our vision for the future. We are a community, and it gives us great pleasure to leverage the success of this great event to share with deserving folks who deserve recognition and support."

Mountain Creek Zip Line Tours and mountain biking remain open throughout the fall, and the Spartan Race comes to the resort Oct. 22-23. With cooler temperatures sweeping into the region, promises of a winter La Nina weather pattern mean that skiing won’t be far behind.

Source - http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/mountain-creek-wraps-up-oktoberfest-with-5k-community-donations-1.1669334