Oktoberfest returns to Sugar Oct. 9-10
Grab your beer stein, put on your lederhosen and head to Sugar Mountain Resort for the 20th annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9 and 10.
Take in the fall foliage, cool, comfortable mountain temperatures and a weekend full of family friendly activities from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Admission and parking are free. The event will take place rain or shine.
An array of artisans and craftspeople open their stands at 10 a.m. each day. A sampling of this year's country craft fair vendors includes pottery, folk art in glass and wood, books by local and regional authors, stained glass sun-catchers, handmade wooden cutting boards, quilted items, handmade children's toys, handmade furniture, dolls, ceramics, handmade bath and body products, jewelry, homemade baked goods, jams and jellies, bird feeders, pet clothing and much more.
Enjoy a panoramic view of the High Country, Southern Virginia and Eastern Tennessee's fall foliage from the 1.5-mile long scenic chairlift ride to Sugar's 5,300-feet peak. Everyone, even mountain bikers, is welcome to ride the lift.
The children's activity center, located in the Ski School Play Yard, will keep youth entertained each day from noon until 4 p.m. The children's activity center includes bounce and play stations, hayrides and a chance to meet Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear. Cotton candy, popcorn, candy apples, homemade cookies and drinks are also available in the children's activity center. All ages are welcome to participate.
Shop for the upcoming fall and winter seasons at Sugar Mountain Resort's Sport Shop located on the first level of the main lodge building. The Ski Shop will offer 50 percent off all 2010 and older winter apparel and footwear only during the two-day Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
All accessories including, but not limited to, goggles, gloves, hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts and all other souvenir items will be excluded from the 50 percent sale. New 2011 winter merchandise will also be available at regular retail. Commemorative Oktoberfest, as well as Sugar Mountain Resort 40th anniversary, T-shirts and souvenir items can also be bought in the sports shop or under the tent on the main celebration deck.
An Oktoberfest isn't complete without the sounds of an Oom Pah band. From noon until 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday the 15-piece Harbour Towne Fest Band guarantees to bring the sounds, dances and enthusiasm of Bavaria to Sugar Mountain.
Bavarian cuisine, including bratwurst, knackwurst, sauerkraut and pretzels will be available starting at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. To help wash it down, an ample supply of Spaten beer will generously flow each day until 5 p.m.
Spaten Oktoberfest beer, created in 1872, is the world's first Oktoberfest beer, brewed especially for Oktoberfest. If Bavarian cuisine isn't your preference, hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, cotton candy, kettle corn, funnel cakes, candy apples and other festival foods will be on hand.
Lodging details, including information on discounts up to 25 percent, and contact information can be found by clicking to http://www.skisugar.com/oktoberfest.
For more information or if you are interested in volunteering or becoming a vendor, call Sugar Mountain Resort's administrative office at (828) 898-4521 or click to http://www.skisugar.com/oktoberfest.