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Vail Oktoberfest in Lionshead, Sept. 5-7

Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado

Vail Village becomes the gathering place this weekend. Enjoy beer, brats, live music and dancing.

VAIL, Colorado Its time once again to toast Vail Oktoberfest, emulating one of the largest celebrations in the world. Enjoy two full weekends of festivities. Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, celebrate in Lionshead and Sept. 12 through 14 in Vail Village.

Vail Oktoberfest kicks off in Lionshead and The Arrabelle at Vail Square today at 5 p.m, with the appearance of the Rhinelanders with Helmet Fricker at 6 p.m. Food, drinks and dancing will be plentiful throughout the evening.

The opening keg tapping ceremony is set for 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and will feature activities including alpine horn blowing, traditional dance, oom pah music, Wolverine keg bowling, bratwurst-eating contests and the opening of the Kidz Zone with kids entertainment and activities. The night continues on with live music.Vail Village taps week two of Oktoberfest Sept. 12-14. On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Oktoberfest Fun Run opens the final day of Oktoberfest at 9 a.m. Gather the kids, stretch the legs and enjoy an early morning of friendly competition. Benefiting the Childrens Garden of Learning, the Vail Oktoberfest 2008 Fun Run provides children and parents alike the chance to continue the Oktoberfest celebration together for a worthy cause. Categories include 10K, 5K run/walk, and a Kids 1K. Strollers are welcome.For additional information on Oktoberfest, or to register for the Oktoberfest Fun Run, visit http://www.vailoktoberfest.com.