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September 5, 2013

'Waffles and Puppets' event is this weekend

“Waffles and Puppets” will return to Brewery Ommegang this weekend. 

Presented this year by the Cooperstown Rotary Club, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 8, from noon to 5 p.m.   

According to organizers, “The Puppet People” from Albany will bring stories to life at noon and 2:30 p.m. each day. Additionally, there will be magic shows, craft vendors, face-painting, bounce houses, games, a balloon artist and a book tent where children may select a book to take home. Hot Belgian-style waffles, other food items, and Ommegang beer will be available for purchase.   

Admission to “Waffles and Puppets” is free. For attendees 12 and older, a $2 donation is suggested. Tickets for the activities will be available for purchase at the entrance. The Cooperstown Rotary Club will collect non-perishable food items for the United Way of Delaware and Otsego County Food Banks. Attendees will be given two free tickets for activities if they bring a donation for the food bank.   

Brewery Ommegang and the café will be open for tours, tastings and dining service during the event.

This annual fall event is the biggest fundraiser for the Cooperstown Rotary Club. It enables Rotary to fund a variety of programs and charities that benefit the local community and communities around the globe. Proceeds from “Waffles and Puppets” will benefit local programs such as the Cooperstown Food Pantry, the Angel Network, Village Parks and countless youth organizations like Scout troops and Girls on the Run, according to a media release.  

New to this year’s event will be the Rotary eRacer: the Run to Erase Polio; a family-oriented 5k Fun Run/3k Walk. The event will kicks off at 10 a.m., Saturday. The registration fee is $25 for children younger than 12 and $40 for adults. Registration is open at RaceIt.com. Race day registration will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Proceeds raised will support Rotary International’s global effort to eradicate polio in addition to support local charities and nonprofits.   

For more information about “Waffles and Puppets,” contact Angie Erway from the Cooperstown Rotary Club, at 547-6083 or John Tuchowski, Brewery Ommegang event coordinator, at john@ommegang.com.

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