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September 4, 2014
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Vail Oktoberfest kicks off in Lionshead Friday, continues through Sunday

VAIL — Munich comes to the Lionshead Village Friday through Sunday to officially kick-off the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn in Vail: Oktoberfest. The event will see a full weekend of authentic Bavarian fun including the return of many crowd favorites like the Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests, keg bowling and stein-lifting competitions. Emulating the age-old celebration known all over the world, Vail Oktoberfest in Lionshead will delight guests with Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, beverages from Hacker-Pschorr and Jagermeister and much more.

Entertainment and Fun

Throw on the lederhosen, tie the dirndl and grab your stein. Things kick off Friday night at 5 p.m. with live oom-pah music from Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band starting throughout the evening. Helmut and the band will be on hand throughout the weekend to keep the crowd going with favorite Oktoberfest tunes. Guests are also invited to enjoy the Hacker-Pschorr Keg Tapping Ceremony at 6 p.m., officially marking the start of Oktoberfest in Vail.

In addition to the live music, guests can participate in Bavarian dancing demonstrations from the Denver Kickers Schuplattler Dancers, see traditional alpenhorn blowing, hear yodeling and much more. On Saturday, the party goes into the night with a free concert from Robby Peoples and Bank Walkers.


Keg bowling is back, with competitors hurling a keg shell on wheels down the lane at a pyramid of keg shells with the intention of bringing down the pile. The top competitors from the first round of the competition move on to the final round of Keg Bowling, where the champion of the day will be crowned and prizes will be awarded. Participants must be at least 21 years old to compete.

The fun continues with the return of the Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests, where the strong-willed and the strong-stomached battle it out to see who can down the most brats in three minutes.

The Bavarian Costume Contests, presented by ResortApp, rewards those festival participants who go all out and show up for the day in full Bavarian flare or in another Oktoberfest related costume. The stein lifting contests will test the arm strength and stamina of even the fiercest competitors, who will hold a fullbeer stein out from their body at shoulder level. The last person standing with arms outstretched will take home an Oktoberfest prize package.

Visit www.vailoktoberfest.com for a full schedule and more info.

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