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Oktoberfest in Carbondale

All Chris Woodsie Woods wanted was to hold an authentic Oktoberfest in Carbondale one that imitated the 195-year-old German event. While this seems like a tall order for most anyone, Woods, a native of Port Macquarie, Australia, uses his Aussie character to his advantage.In addition to Oktoberfest Sat., Oct. 8, Woods has either helped or spearheaded more than half a dozen of some of the biggest festivals and parties in Carbondale.All the events are approached with a no-worries attitude, said Woods.Germanys Oktoberfest began in 1810 when King Ludwig celebrated his Barvarian wedding by holding a state fair in the city of Munich. Later when German immigrants came to the U.S., the idea took hold, and Oktoberfests sprouted up all over the country.According to Woods, the town of Carbondale started Oktoberfest four years ago as a way to bring people into the downtown area to culminate the summer and celebrate the beginning of fall.Historically, the German festival celebrates fall harvest and the regions most famous product beer. While the party also included dancing, food and horse racing, Carbondale included some of the same amusements.This years beer tent, which mimicked the old German beer halls of 1896, served Warsteiner beer, an Oktoberfest brew, German wine and root beer on tap for the kids. Organizers also kept the German tradition of including the whole family and had face painting, a bounce castle and a race that benefitted the preschool program at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School.The downtown party started when Mayor Michael Hassig, who acted as the official Oberbrgermeister, tapped the keg and formally opened the celebration.Carbondale is getting a reputation for hosting a great party, town Recreation Director Jeff Jackel said.In addition to that, the events help subsidize the recreation and event budget for the town of Carbondale.I like to see other people have a good time, Woods said. Which proves that you do not have to be German to turn up the oompah-pah. A happy gathering of cheerful beer drinkers knows no borders.

From left, Kim Pardi, of Carbondale; Barb Jaksa, of Carbondale, a designer; and Pete Toborek, of Carbondale, a multi-media designer.

Some Oktoberfest organizers, from left, Jeff Jackel, of Carbondale, is recreation director for the town of Carbondale; Rebecca McCarthy, of Carbondale, works in the town of Carbondales Public Works Operations; and Chris Woodsie Woods, of Glenwood, is Carbondale Recreation & special events coordinator.

From left Valerie Jansen, of Carbondale, works at Roaring Fork Family Physicians, and Jason Stroehlein, of Carbondale, works at the Maroon Creek Club.

From left, Nancy and Steve Beckwith were here from Omaha, Neb., visiting their daughter, Sarah Beckwith, of Aspen, who is a cook at the Little Nell.

Some members of the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, from left, Missey Coleman, of Silt, is a volunteer firefighter and works for the town of Carbondales Public Works Operations; Capt. Paul Luttrell is a firefighter and EMT; Matt Olive is a firefighter and EMT; and Amy Luttrell is fire department photographer.

Carbondale Middle School seventh-graders, from left, Landon Garvik, Savanna Phibbs and Samantha Belcher are all 12, and Kholi Jewkes is 13.

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