The goal of Berthoud Oktoberfest is to bring a little bit of Germany to Northern Colorado. Located between Longmont and Loveland, Berthoud is a charming town of 5000. It’s a bit of throwback community, eliciting memories of Norman Rockwell paintings.
It’s this setting that makes Berthoud the perfect place to hold an authentic Oktoberfest.
I am co-founder of Berthoud Oktoberfest. As a reporter for the local newspaper, I thought Berthoud was the perfect place to hold an Oktoberfest. It’s an adorable town and there are many there who trace their roots back to Germany.
Along with the owner of the local newspaper, I threw together the first Berthoud Oktoberfest in 2010 in less than two months – and it was a smashing success. Several thousand people showed up to polka, drink beer and listen to Oomph music, and we’ve been doing the same thing on the first Saturday in October ever since.
This year is very similar to past years. Music will be provided by Steve Rock Tanzkapelle, a polka band from the Denver area and the Dick Zavodny Polka Band from Loveland. Both bands have been playing with us since the beginning and they keep the festival goers dancing all day.
This year the Chalet Dancers from Castle Rock will perform their tradition German dance routine at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Last year, some festival goers missed the Chalet Dancers entertaining routine, so they will perform twice this year.
Along with music and dancing festival goers will enjoy beer from Berthoud Brewing (Berthoud), City Star Brewing (Berthoud) and Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland).
In keeping with our authentic theme, food is provided by our German food vendor, including traditional Bavarian pretzels.
There’s even a tent that you can visit and look up your families German heritage.
In addition, there will be a pretzel eating contest for the kids (two age groups), as well as a best dirdl contest and best lederhosen contest. There are two fantastic prizes for each winner of the dirdl/lederhosen contest – a free hotel stay at a Marriott in Longmont, Colorado. The winners of the pretzel eating contest will receive an illustrated edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
Berthoud Oktoberfest is good family fun with lots of activities planned for children – and I’m not just talking about the chicken dance, which is always a crowd pleaser. The St. Vrain Soccer Club will be running soccer demonstrations on the south end of the park and all ages may join.
Whether you’re 2 days old or 102, Berthoud Oktoberfest is for you. Bring your stein or buy one from this year’s brand new vendor, German Steins & Souvenirs.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fickel Park, Berthoud, Colorado
ADMISSION IS ALWAYS FREE
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