Reggae and reunions in the Vail Valley |

Reggae and reunions in the Vail Valley

Charlie OwenDaily CorrespondentVail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor | dtaylor@vaildaily.comContestants in last week's bratwurst-eating contest at Oktoberfest in Lionshead see how many brats they can chow down in two minutes. Oktoberfest returns to Vail Village Saturday and Sunday.

SATURDAYPoor Boy Reunion at Loaded Joe’sOriginally from Kentucky but now residing in Leadville, Poor Boy Reunion will provide bluegrass Saturday when they play a free show at Loaded Joe’s in Avon. Poor Boy Reunion unites folk and bluegrass in fresh, original tunes but they’re not afraid to throw in an old-timey classic cover or two, either.The show starts at 9 p.m. and is free. To learn more call 970-748-1480.Dubtonic Kru plays at Paddy’sIf the on-coming cold weather is making you crave a warmer climate, check out the island grooves of Dubtonic Kru tonight at Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail. This five-piece reggae band, fronted by Deleon “Jubba” White, hails from Kingston, Jamaica and mixes drum and base, roots and dub styles to create a unique and very fun sound.The show is free and starts at 10 p.m. To learn more call 970-949-6093. Oktoberfest continuesOne of the most popular parties in the world returns to the valley with Oktoberfest in Vail Village today and Sunday. Come out and celebrate the on-coming autumn and all things German, including beer, brats and music. Today’s festivities begin at noon with Rhinelanders Band with Helmut Fricker performing from noon to 3:30 p.m. There will also be Bavarian dancers, a bratwurst eating contest, keg bowling and lots of beer. Don’t miss a special performance by Mad Dog & The Smokin J’s from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oktoberfest closes at 10 p.m. To learn more call 970-476-6797.SUNDAYVail Mountain School Home TourThe annual Vail Mountain School Home Tour is set for Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour offers a look inside some of Vail’s most luxurious homes. This year participants will peek inside two Solaris units and a penthouse in the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Vail.Altogether, seven homes will open their doors to the public during the 39th annual home tour. Event organizers expect 400 to 600 people to participate in the tour. Tickets are $50; advance tickets are $45, $30 for seniors or students and $40 per person for groups of 20 more. Buy tickets at Vail Mountain School, Gorsuch, Ltd. in Vail and Beaver Creek, The Bag & Pack Shop in Avon or Slifer Designs in Edwards. Call 970-477-7169 or visit to learn more.Oktoberfest Fun Run in Vail VillageOktoberfest doesn’t have to be all about drinking big steins full of beer and shoveling bratwurst into your mouth. Vail is making sure that it’s a little bit healthy this year with the Oktoberfest Fun Run in Vail Village. The event starts at 9 a.m. and includes a competitive 10K and 5K run/walk and a kid’s 1K race. The event benefits the Children’s Garden of Learning.”The Oktoberfest Fun Run is a great way to start the final day of the Oktoberfest celebration in Vail,” said Jeff Brausch of Highline Sports & Entertainment in a press release statement. “It gives parents, kids and everyone interested in participating the chance to come together and celebrate the spirit and energy of Oktoberfest while benefiting a great cause.”The race starts at Check Point Charlie in Vail Village. Pre-registration is $20 for adults and $10 for kids and is now open at On-site registration is also available on race day from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and will be $25 for adults and $10 for kids. To learn more call 970-476-6797.

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