Oktoberfest in Vail Village this weekend
VAIL, Colorado – Vail Oktoberfest returns this weekend for three more days of the world’s most popular party done Vail-style. In addition to Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing and beverages from Beck’s and Jagermeister the weekend’s festivities will include the official Oktoberfest after party at the Swiss Chalet tonight, a free concert on Saturday night from Mad Dog & the Smokin J’s and crowd favorites Beck’s Keg Bowling and the Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests.”There was a great turnout for the Vail Oktoberfest last weekend in Lionshead,” said Jeff Brausch of Highline Sports & Entertainment, the festival’s producer. “There is more Bavarian entertainment, traditional food and, of course, beer on deck for this weekend in addition to beautiful weather in the forecast.” The Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, a resort steeped in rich Bavarian tradition, will host the after party at the Swiss Chalet tonight. The party, a new addition to the schedule of events for Vail Oktoberfest, is set to include traditional music and entertainment as well as Beck’s beer and Bavarian food. Tickets are $25 and include admission to the party, your first beer and food from a spread that includes brats, sauerkrauts and German potato salad, pretzels and sauce, kase spatzle, funnel cake, peach and farmer’s chez strudel and caramel popcorn. Call 970-479-5429 for more information.Beck’s Keg Bowling returns both Saturday and Sunday, giving all interested competitors the chance to hurl a keg shell on wheels down the lane at a pyramid of keg shells with the intention of bringing down the pile. There is no cost to participate in the game and competitors can sign up each day at the Oktoberfest token booth nearest to the stage.Saturday and Sunday in Vail Village will also see the return of the Klement’s bratwurst eating contests, where the immensely hungry battle it out to see who can down the most brats in two minutes. There is no cost to participate in the contests, which happen both days, and competitors can sign up at the Oktoberfest token booth nearest to the stage. For more information visit http://www.vail-oktoberfest.com.