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Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain Oct. 8-9



Article Published: Oct. 6, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 9, 2011
Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain Oct. 8-9

From beer to crafts to live music to chair lift rides, Sugar Mountain’s annual Oktoberfest boasts a keg-ful of activities.
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Grab your beer stein, put on your lederhosen and head to Sugar Mountain Resort for the 21st annual Oktoberfest celebration Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9.

The weekend is packed with activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission and parking are free.

More than 40 artisans and craftspeople open their stands at 10 a.m. each day. A sampling of this year’s vendors includes chair caning, wooden toys, oil paintings, stained glass, handmade furniture, dolls, copper art, ceramics, honey, beeswax candles, bird houses and much more.

Visitors can enjoy the fall foliage and a panoramic view of the surrounding area from the mile-and-a-half long chairlift ride to Sugar’s 5,300-foot peak. Everyone, even mountain bikers, are welcome to ride the lift.

The children’s activity center, located in the Ski School Play Yard will keep the young ones entertained each day from noon till 4 p.m. A $10 fee per child per day includes hayrides, a chance to meet Sugar’s mascots, Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear, and several Airwalk stations. Cotton candy, popcorn, caramel apples, homemade cookies and drinks are also available in the children’s activity center. All ages are welcome to participate.

An Oktoberfest isn’t complete without the sounds of an oom-pah Band. From noon to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, the Harbour Towne Fest Band guarantees to bring the sounds, dances and enthusiasm of Bavaria to Sugar Mountain. The 15-piece band will enthusiastically play the sounds of Germany’s Bavaria.

Bavarian cuisine, including bratwurst, knackwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut and pretzels will be available, starting at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. To help wash it down, an ample supply of authentic Bavarian beverages will be flowing all weekend long.

If Bavarian cuisine’s not your preference, hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, cotton candy, kettle corn, caramel apples, and other festive foods will be on hand.

Rain or shine, the festival will go on. For more information, call Sugar Mountain Resort at (828) 898-4521 or visit http://www.skisugar.com.

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