Celebrate Oktoberfest in GJ, Montrose

Lederhosen, optional. A good time, mandatory.

Traditional and festive oompah music will fill the air during the annual Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the parking lot on Colorado Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets.

The Marching Band Festival parade is at 10 a.m. on Main Street and Oktoberfest’s official opening will be at noon with Jim Witt and Bürgermeister/Bürgermeisterin, Joe and Vikki Pologar, and a member of the Grand Junction City Council. Traditional German foods — brats, bieroch, strudel, hotdogs and more — will be offered for sale by the German American Club and the Orchard Mesa Lions and the Orchard Mesa Lion’s Club will offer brats and currywurst.

The beer, where’s the beer? The Elks Lodge booth will offer both beer and wine.

Throughout the day, entertainment, polka jams and accordions will be on the stage with shade, tables, chairs and a dancing area nearby.

Lederhosen or not, dancing shoes are a must.

Authentic Bavarian music will be performed by the Alpine Echo band, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary at Oktoberfest.

Along with food, drink and music, there will be a number of contests. Wiener dog races will begin at 1 p.m. at Sixth Street and Colorado Avenue, and the Hansel and Gretel contest follows at 1:30 p.m. Other contests feature nail pounding, beer mug holding, Alphorn blowing, and more.

A street dance with music by Alpine Echo along with Hans Rieger, zither, and Karla Zangerle, singer/jodeler, will be from 5–9 p.m.

Call Witt at 242-2657 or 209-9241 for information about the festival.

■ The seventh annual Oktoberfest, hosted by Black Canyon Homebrewers Association, is from 1–6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Centennial Plaza at South Uncompahgre Avenue and South First Street in Montrose. The event will feature beer tastings from 17 Western Slope breweries, food and music. Cost is a $20 donation for the tasting, or $5 to join the event. Proceeds will benefit All Points Transit, a nonprofit transit agency that serves Montrose and Delta counties and portions of San Miguel and Ouray counties.

Call 249-8865 for information or go to http://www.visitmontrose.com.


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