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Bowl out the barrels

Cassie Pence
Preston Utley/Vail Daily Seven-year-old Sasha Horn, dressed for the ocassion, watches the rain from underneath a dry canopy Saturday at Oktoberfest in Beaver Creek.
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LIONSHEAD – Raise your steins and shout, “tIcky, tocky, ticky, tocky – oy, oy, oy!” Highline Sports and Entertainment has taken over the Oktoberfest celebrations for the next two weekends, which means more music and more silly contests.The festivities start today in Lionshead at 6 p.m. and will continue through Sunday. Saturday, Sept. 18, and Sunday, Sept. 19, Vail Village will host Oktoberfest.

Vail’s high brass will preside over the official keg tapping ceremony today at 7 p.m., where adorned kegs entered into the keg decorating contest will be unveiled and voted upon. The winner receives a Vail Resorts season ski pass.The face of Oktoberfest Helmut Fricker will be strolling Lionshead entertaining festival-goers all weekend, along with authentic Bavarian dancers, alpine horn and yodeling demonstrations. Highline Sports has added more nontraditional music to the bill to entertain those who choose to stay late in the night.The Motet, who wowed the crowd several weeks ago at Sandbar Sports Grill in West Vail, will perform on the Sun DIal Plaza from 6-7:30 p.m. Denver-base Opie Gone Bad will play afterwards from 8-10 p.m. on the Sun Dial Plaza in Lionshead. Voted best Pop/Rock group in the Westword in 1999, the group will add a little contemporary sound to the traditional festival.Zany contests have been added to the schedule, like the brat eating contest, costume contest and adult keg bowling. Guests will roll a keg into inflatable pins for prizes. Festival-goers can sign up for any of the contests day-of as the mood strikes them.

“You’re going to win T-shirts and bottomless mugs,” said Amy Hornyak of Highline Sports and Entertainment.Food vendors will be selling bratwurst, pretzels, potato pancakes and non-Bavarian items like chicken sandwiches. Erdinger is the main beer sponsor. You can buy a souvenir stein for $15, which comes with a free beer.”What’s really nice is we have something for everyone,” Hornyak said.There will be a huge kid’s tent set up by the gondola and putt with activities for all ages.



Sunday marks the Fun Run, a 10K, 5K (strollers and Rollerblades welcome) and a kids 1K, starting at Check Point Charlie in Vail Village. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Garden of Learning and the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group.”People are going to be drinking and eating all weekend. It’s nice to wake up the next morning and work it all off,” Hornyak said.For additional information on Oktoberfest or to register for the 2004 Fun Run visit http://www.vailoktoberfest.com. For more information on Highline Sports and Entertainment, contact (970) 476-6797.Cassie Pence is the Arts and Entertainment Editor at the Vail Daily. She can be reached at cpence@vaildaily.com.Vail Colorado


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