Vail Oktoberfest returns to Lionshead
VAIL- Munich comes to the Lionshead Village this weekend to kick off a celebration of beer, music and autumn in Vail: Oktoberfest. The event will see a full weekend of Bavarian fun including the return of many crowd favorites like the Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests and Beck’s Keg Bowling. Emulating the age-old celebration known all over the world, Vail Oktoberfest in Lionshead will delight guests with Bavarian music and dancing, traditional food, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, beverages from Beck’s and Jagermeister and much more. Festivities take place Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.”Oktoberfest in Vail is a long-standing crowd favorite with both locals and guests alike,” said James Deighan of Highline Sports & Entertainment, the festival’s producer. Kicking things off this afternoon is the Tom Allan Grengs Polka Band. Tom and the Band will play throughout the evening and into the night. Saturday, Steve Rock’s Tanzkapelle will be on hand to keep the party rocking with more oom-pah tunes and the Tom Allan Grengs Band will return Sunday to close out the weekend.Beck’s Keg Bowling is back both Saturday and Sunday, giving anyone interested in the game 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. It’s not as easy at it seems, however. The top competitors from the first round of the competition move on the final round of Beck’s Keg Bowling, where the champion of the day will be crowned and prizes will be awarded. There is no cost to participate in the game and competitors can sign up each day at the Oktoberfest token booth nearest to Vail Square. Participants must be at least 21 years old to compete.Saturday and Sunday in Lionshead will also see the return of the Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests, where the strong-willed and the strong-stomached battle it out to see who can down the most brats in three minutes. There is no cost to participate in the contests, and competitors can sign up at the Oktoberfest token booth in nearest to Vail Square. The competitor who wolfs down the most brats in the allotted time wins not only a prize package from Klement’s Sausage Company, but the bragging rights of being a 2011 Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contest champ. Participants of all ages are invited to give it their all in the brat-eating contests.Saturday night’s entertainment will feature a concert from rock/funk/electro band The Sessh. This trio has a sound that is both atmospheric and ambitious, without losing the pedal-to-the-metal power that keeps their audience dancing into the night and wanting more. The Sessh will be followed by a DJ set from DJ Mo Rockin to close out the night.Vail Oktoberfest in Lionshead will also include performances by Bavarian dancers, a kids’ zone with entertainers and much more. For more information on Vail Oktoberfest and a full schedule of events, including the schedule of events for Oktoberfest in Vail Village Sept. 16-18, visit http://www.vail-oktoberfest.com.