Tap the kegs, break out the lederhosen for an authentic German festival
There’s something new – along with more of an authentic German touch – to Saturday’s Fourth Annual Carbondale Oktoberfest celebration.As assistant organizer of last year’s Oktoberfest, Chris “Woodsie” Woods noticed a few things were missing.”There weren’t any German pretzels, and we had the wrong kind of beer,” said Woodsie, who is heading up this fall’s event after organizing a successful Lobster and Music Fest last summer. “I want it to be as authentic as an Australian can do it.”The day starts with the first Colorado Rocky Mountain School Preschool 5-kilometer fun run and kids’ sprint. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Fourth Street plaza. The kids’ sprint begins at 9 a.m., and the 5K run start is at 9:45 a.m.The course follows a route through the south part of town and up White Hill, before finishing on Fourth Street. Registration is $15 for the 5K ($5 late fee), and $5 for the kids’ sprint. Call 963-2524 for details.Street vendors will be open at 10 a.m., and bergermeister Michael Hassig will officially tap the keg at 11.Also starting at 11 a.m., the Tom Allen Grengs Band will provide music, followed by the Pete Dunda Band at 2:30 p.m. Steve’s Guitars will also feature live music throughout the day.The Pour House will serve Bavarian grilled brats and kraut beginning at 10 a.m., with a bratwurst-eating contest at 2 p.m. This year’s set up will be on the North Fourth Street side of Main.”We have a huge 40-by-80-foot tent, and we want to create a real beer hall atmosphere,” Woodsie said.High Point Brewery will provide Warsteiner beer, as well as an Oktoberfest brew, German wine and root beer for the kids.A limited number of liter and half-liter glass steins will be available with the purchase of a beer. Steins, including the first beer, will be $5 for the half liter and $8 for the litre, with $3 and $6 refills. Once the steins are gone, 14 ounce beers will be sold for $3.Kids can enjoy root beer on tap, face painting and the bounce castle. Vendor booths are available all day. For more information, call 704-4116.Kids can enjoy root beer on tap, face painting and the bounce castle. Vendor booths are available all day. For more information, call 704-4116.
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