Lucky strikes for New Orleans evacuee
VAIL – New Orleans evacuee Leo Palazzo had some over-due luck on his side last weekend at Lionshead’s Oktoberfest when he won the keg bowling contest with a strike.The crowd was so touched by his Hurricane Katrina story that a hat was spontaneously passed around to collect money for the Red Cross.The Oktoberfest party continues Friday at 6 p.m. in Vail Village for another weekend of brat eating, stein swiveling and Bavarian entertainment. The official keg tapping ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. Oktoberfest features food, entertainers and expo booths along Bridge Street and Gore Creek Drive. Bratwurst-eating contests, keg bowling, and kids’ entertainment and activities are also part of the lineup. Saturday evening concludes with a free concert featuring Opie Gone Bad and Brethern Fast on the main stage. Music on tap Sunday evening is the Laughing Bones. For more information on Vail Oktoberfest visit http://www.vailoktoberfest.com. Oktoberfest scheduleFriday in Vail Village6 p.m.Vail’s 2005 Oktoberfest opensAustrian Swiss Connection performs7 p.m.Opening ceremony with official keg tapping10 p.m.Festival ends
Saturday in Vail Village11 a.m.Vail’s 2005 Oktoberfest opensKidz Zone opens with Tom Paxton and Jim JacksonAustrian Swiss Duo performsNoon Traditional dance demonstrations Rhinelander Band with Helmut Fricker performs3:30 p.m.Austrian Swiss Duo performs5:30 p.m.Brethren Fast performs7:30 p.m.Opie Gone Bad performs10 p.m.Festival ends
Additional activitiesAlpine horn demonstrationsYodeling demonstrationsBrat-eating contestAdult-keg bowlingDisplay of decorated kegsSundayNoon Vail’s 2005 Oktoberfest opensKidz Zone opens with Tom Paxton and Jim JacksonAustrian Swiss Duo performs Rhinelander Band with Helmut Fricker performs
Traditional dance demonstrations3:30 p.m.Austrian Swiss Duo performs6:00 p.m.Laughing Bones performs8:00 p.m.Festival endsAdditional activitiesAlpine horn demonstrationsYodeling demonstrationsBrat-eating contestAdult-keg bowlingDisplay of decorated kegsVail, Colorado
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VAIL — The lift operator in the maze at Vail Village’s Gondola One tilts his head back and hollers: “Masks up please!”