09/10/2014
Kicking off Friday evening with the Vail Oktoberfest Opening Ceremony
Munich comes to the Vail Village this weekend for the second and final weekend of the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn in Vail: Oktoberfest! The event will see another full weekend of authentic Bavarian fun including the return of many crowd favorites like the Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests, Adult Keg Bowling and Adult Stein Lifting Competitions, and Bavarian Costume Contest presented by ResortApp. Emulating the age-old celebration known all over the world, Vail Oktoberfest in Vail Village will delight guests with Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare like Klement’s Bratwursts, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, beverages from Hacker-Pschorr and Jagermeister and much more.
 
Entertainment and Fun
Throw on the lederhosen, tie the dirndl and grab your stein because the lineup of entertainment for Vail Oktoberfest in Vail Village this weekend is not to be missed. Things kick off Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. Live oom-pah music from Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band starts at 5:30 p.m. and continues through the evening. Helmut and the band will be on hand throughout the weekend to keep the crowd going with favorite Oktoberfest tunes. Guests are also invited to enjoy the Hacker-Pschorr Opening Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, officially marking the start of Oktoberfest in Vail Village.
 
All throughout Vail Oktoberfest, guests will enjoy oom-pah music from Oktoberfest legends Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band. In addition to the live music, guest can participate in Bavarian dancing demonstrations, see traditional alpenhorn blowing, hear yodeling and much more. On Saturday, the party goes into the night with a free concert from Dixie Leadfoot.
 
Vail Oktoberfest is a family affair, and features many fun activities during the day for kids. Children will find lots on things to love in the Kids Area, from live entertainment to crafts, pretzel necklace making and more.
 
Contests
Keg Bowling is back giving anyone interested in the chance to hurl a keg shell on wheels down the lane at a pyramid of empty kegs 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 Keg Bowling, where the champion of the day will be crowned and prizes will be awarded. Participants must be at least 21 years old to compete.
 
The fun continues with 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. The competitor who wolfs down the most brats in the allotted time wins a great prize package from Klement’s Sausage Company.
 
The Bavarian Costume Contest presented by ResortApp rewards those festival participants who go all out and show up for the day in full Bavarian flare or in another Oktoberfest related costume. Those who do will be invited to participate in the Oktoberfest Costume Contest on Saturday. All ages are invited to participate. The winner will be determined by crowd response and will take home an Oktoberfest stein and token package on behalf of ResortApp. Download and share the ResortApp to be entered to win a free epic pass. Find it at the App Store or Google Store.
 
The Stein Lift Contest will test the arm strength and stamina of even the fiercest competitors. Competitors will hold a FULL beer stein out from their body at shoulder level. The last person standing with arms outstretched will take home an Oktoberfest prize package. Participants in the Stein Lift Contest must me at least 21 years of age.
 
A variety of these contests take place both Saturday and Sunday in Vail Village. There is no cost to participate in these contests. Competitors who wish to participate can sign up at the Oktoberfest token booth closest to the Oktoberfest stage at Checkpoint Charlie.
 
Oktoberfest Fun Run, benefitting the Children’s Garden of Learning
Kids and families alike are also invited to participate in the Oktoberfest Fun Run, benefitting the Children’s Garden of Learning. The event features a 5K and Kids’ 1K. The Fun Run happens on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.; information on registering can be found online at www.vailoktoberfest.com.
 
Vail Oktoberfest is presented by Hacker-Pschorr and Town of Vail and sponsored in part by Sonnenalp Hotel, Jägermeister, Klement’s Sausage Company, Iconix Clothing, Shawls by Veronika, Rocky Mountain Outback Hats, Vail Dentistry, ResortApp, Vail Daily and KZYR the Zephyr.
 
Exclusive Oktoberfest Lodging Packages
The Sonnenalp Hotel, a resort steeped in rich Bavarian tradition, has put together two exclusive lodging packages for guests coming to Vail to take in beauty of fall and the energy of Vail Oktoberfest. Experience Oktoberfest in true Bavarian style at the Sonnenalp. Vail comes alive with festive music, dance and traditional Bavarian fare.
 
$350* per night - September 12-14, 2014
Includes:
• Lodging in a Junior Suite
• 2 official Oktoberfest beer steins (per reservation)
• 6 Oktoberfest tokens in each stein (per reservation)
• $15 Discounted Valet Parking
• Complimentary Basic WiFi
• No Resort Fees
$385* per night September 12-14, 2014
Includes:
• Lodging in a Junior Suite
• Breakfast for 2 each morning
• 2 official Oktoberfest beer steins (per reservation)
• 6 Oktoberfest tokens in each stein (per reservation)
• $15 Discounted Valet Parking
• Complimentary Basic WiFi
• No Resort Fees
 
*Rates are per night based on double occupancy in a Junior Suite.  Valid Sept. 12-14, 2014. 9.8% taxes and gratuity not included. Subject to space available, some restrictions apply. Limit (2)two steins and twelve(12) tokens per stay, while supplies last. May not be combined with other offers. Please inquire about larger suites and rates that include breakfast.
 
For more information on Vail Oktoberfest and exclusive lodging packages, please visit www.vailoktoberfest.com. Follow the event on Facebook.
 

 

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970.376.1876
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