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Oktoberfest this weekend in Vail

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Special to the Daily Check out Oktoberfest in Vail this weekend.

VAIL – Vail toasts Bavarian heritage in the village this weekend during the town’s second Oktoberfest celebration. Oom pah music and traditional German fare and beer are the bill for the party.Returning favorites will include brat-eating and keg-decorating contests, yodeling and alpine horn demonstrations, as well as plenty of Bavarian music and dancing. Erdinger and Veltins will be on tap, as well.In addition to the oom pah bands, live concerts will be offered with musical acts such as Opie Gone Bad, Laughing Bones and Brethren Fast. All concerts are free of charge. “Vail and many of its founders have a very strong Bavarian tradition,” said James Deighan of Highline Sports and Entertainment. “Vail Oktoberfest is a way to pay tribute to that heritage and to give the crowds of visitors a great party in the process.” Vail Mountain will extend the operating hours for the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead and the Vista Bahn Chairlift in Vail Village to include Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Oktoberfest in Vail. Both lifts will operate from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Adventure Ridge and Blue Moon Restaurant at Eagle’s Nest also will be open.

For more information, log on to http://www.vailoktoberfest.com.Vail’s Oktoberfest scheduleFriday in Vail Village from 6-10 p.m.6 p.m. – Vail’s 2005 Oktoberfest begins with the Austrian Swiss Connection playing on Gore Creek Drive7 p.m. – Opening ceremony with oficial keg tapping on Gore Creek Drive

10 p.m. – Festival closesSaturday in Vail Village from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.11 a.m. – Oktoberfest opens and Kidz Zone opens with Tom Paxton and Jim Jackson. Austrian Swiss Duo performsNoon – Traditional Dance Demonstrations. Rhinelander Band with Helmut Fricker performs3:30 p.m. – Austrian Swiss Duo performs

5:30 p.m. – Brethren Fas performs 7:30 p.m. – Opie Gone Bad performs10 p.m. – Festival closesVail, Colorado