Briefs: OA Oktoberfest October 03, 2008

Oktoberfests dot western Colorado

Guisseppi Cooney of Denver host a toast to the band Merry Makers at the October festival in downtown Gj. Weather may have kept the crowd small but those who attended celebrated with zeal.



October is here and with it the German celebration of Oktoberfest.

Here is a rundown of area Oktoberfest events.

Grand Junction

• Party with German food, beer and entertainment at the annual Grand Junction Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Third and Main streets.

Everything starts at 10 a.m. with the Colorado West Marching Band Festival parade starting at Seventh and Main streets.

Oktoberfest opening ceremonies begin at noon with a presentation by the Burgermeister and mayor for the day, Alan Simpson, a Central High School student. This is the first time a student has been selected to be Burgermeister.

New this year at 3 p.m., there will be weiner dog races in front of the festival main stage. For information on the races, call 242-7788, ext. 309.

The festival ends at 10 p.m. Until then, dine on brats, Polish sausage, sauerkraut, pretzels, bierock and desserts.

Entertainment includes German sing-a-longs, performers on the Swiss alphorns, folk dancing and an evening street dance.

Montrose

• Get in on an Oktoberfest beer garden with music and food at Centennial Plaza from 1–7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. The event benefits the Montrose Soccer Club. For people ages 21 and up.

Parachute

• On Saturday, Oct. 4, in Cottonwood Park on Colorado Avenue is the local Chamber of Commerce’s Oktoberfest.

Festivities include Bump ’n’ Jumps for the kids, burgers, brats and hot dogs and a roaming magician. A street dance kicks off at 6 p.m. with the band Exit 42. There will be fireworks at dusk.

Admission is free, but expect a small cost for food or souvenirs. Donations accepted. Bringing your own picnic, and lawn chairs are allowed.


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