One of my favorite events of the year is just around the corner. I am a co-founder of Berthoud Oktoberfest and we have worked tirelessly to keep this an authentic German festival. Our goal is to bring a little bit of Germany to Fickel Park, and I think we do a darn good job.
Every year, we turn the park into a German beer garden, complete with polka music, pretzels, brats and schnitzel and of course, lots of delicious beer.
This is truly a family event, with something for everyone. The kids will enjoy all the activities planned for them, especially the highlights – a pretzel eating contest and soccer demonstrations. Grandma and Grandpa will certainly enjoy the polka, and new this year, there will be a dance floor, making it easier for folks to cut a rug.
The festival strives to embrace this region’s close ties to Germany by inviting the Germans from Russia to have a booth each year. They are a wealth of knowledge about German heritage in Colorado, and they have books that list the various families who first immigrated to Northern Colorado. The Berthoud Historical Society also takes part in the educational section of our festival.
The town has come together to support Berthoud Oktoberfest, from the Berthoud Community Library District to the Berthoud Fire Department, this is truly a community effort to celebrate Berthoud’s rich history and current beer culture as well.
At this Oktoberfest we feature beer from Berthoud’s own City Star Brewing and beer from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, a Loveland-based brewery that has been with us since year one. Both breweries have top-notch, award winning beers and serve up a special Oktoberfest brew at our event.
There will also be a lederhosen/dirndl competition, a scarecrow contest, arts and craft booths, a bicycle raffle and much more.
The musical lineup includes the Dick Zavodny Polka Band from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Steve Rock on the accordion from 4 to 6 p.m. New this year, the Chalet Dancers, from Castle Rock, will be joining us. I got to see them perform at the Christkindl Market last winter, and they are a wonderful group of young people working hard to keep traditional dance alive and well. They perform internationally and we are lucky to have them at the Berthoud Oktoberfest.
I will be emceeing this event, so I hope to see you all there. Be sure pack your appetites and dancing shoes!
3rd Annual Berthoud Oktoberfest
October 5, 2013
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fickel Park, Berthoud, Colorado
The Berthoud Oktoberfest is brought to you by the Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center.