Featured Festival: Berthoud Oktoberfest 2012

September 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

Berthoud OktoberfestI realize that I’m promoting two Oktoberfests in a row, but HeidiTown loves Oktoberfest! Plus, I’m the co-founder of Berthoud Oktoberfest and will be emceeing the event again this year, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t give them some love.

The first annual Berthoud Oktoberfest was held last year in Fickel Park. Becky, the owner of the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor, and I, felt the town was ripe for an event in fall, and with the rich German heritage in the community, we thought an Oktoberfest would be the perfect fit.

With a handful of determined volunteers we managed to put together the first event in under two months, and it was a grand success. Yes, we had some issues, like underestimating how many people would actually come (we thought 1000, but 2000 showed up), but feedback was mostly positive, especially on the beer and entertainment.

This year, the event will be bigger and better than ever. Our goal has always been to create an authentic German festival that is family-friendly. We want everyone from a two-year-old to a 92-year-old to have fun, and we think we’ve created a fest that does just that.

So without further ado:

Steve Rock accordion

Steve Rock on the accordion at Berthoud Oktoberfest. Photo courtesy of the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor, all rights reserved.


When: October 6
Where: Fickel Park at 620 Mountain Avenue in Berthoud, Colorado
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: FREE

BEER: Beer from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and Berthoud’s very own brewery, City Star. City Star is brewing up a special Oktoberfest brew just for Berthoud.

NEW THIS YEAR: Buy a commemorative Berthoud Oktoberfest pint glass. Attend an Oktoberfest Promo at City Star! The first promo was September 25, but the second one will be at the taproom on October 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come out and hear Tom Allan Grengs on the accordion and practice your polka.

FOOD: Authentic German food, including handmade pretzels, will be provided by Walter Kaiser. Several local restaurants will also be whipping up some German delights for the fest.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: Thompson Valley Soccer Association will provide soccer demos for the kids and the Berthoud Community Library is also planning cultural events for children. A pretzel eating contest for children is schedule for 4:30 on the Cultural Stage.


11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Dick Zavodny Polka Band

Berthoud Historical Society  Sausage Tasting (at their tent from 3 to 4 p.m.)

3:45 p.m. Lederhosen/Dirndl Contest (includes prizes)

4:00 to 6 p.m. Steve Rock on the accordion


The TEV Edelweiss Schuhlplattlers at Berthoud Oktoberfest. Photo courtesy of the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor, all rights reserved.

**Special appearances throughout the day on the MAIN STAGE by the TEV Edelweiss Schuhplattlers from Denver. Founded in 1958, by German immigrants & German Americans dedicated to upholding the customs, outfits & traditions of their ancestors. The club performs traditional German/Bavarian Dances such as folk dances, community dances and figure dances.


2 to 3 p.m. Storyteller Katy Little

3:30 p.m. Storm Mountain Dancers

4:30 p.m. Pretzel Eating Contest

5 p.m. Scarecrow Awards

Please note: Times subject to change.

a big old stein at Berthoud Oktoberfest

As you can tell, I was very excited about this big ol' stein at Berthoud Oktoberfest last year! Photo by Tim Hardy.

You can download volunteer and vendor forms from the festival’s website at BerthoudOktoberfest.com, and please LIKE the fest on Facebook here.

Berthoud Oktoberfest poster

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