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Roll Out the Barrels of Fun

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Article Published: Oct. 11, 2012 | Modified: Oct. 15, 2012
Roll Out the Barrels of Fun

Spaten beer will flow generously this weekend at the Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest.
Photos by Frank Ruggiero



Sugar Mountain Resort rolls out the barrels Oct. 13 and 14 for its annual Oktoberfest.

Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, the festival features Bavarian beverages, cuisine, family-friendly activities and an array of artisans, craftspeople and food vendors.

Bavarian cuisine, including bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut, strudel and pretzels will be available, starting at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. If Bavarian cuisine isn’t your preference, American hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, and other festive foods will be on hand.

To help wash it down, an ample supply of Spaten beer will flow generously each day until 5 p.m. Spaten Oktoberfest beer, created in 1872 and brewed in Munich, Germany, is hailed as the world’s first Oktoberfest beer.

An Oktoberfest isn’t complete without the sounds of an Oom Pah Band. From noon till 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.

Adding to the Oktoberfest excitement, the Avery Smooth Dancers will perform on Saturday at 1 p.m., and the Mountain Laurel Cloggers will perform on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Both dance groups are comprised of local Avery high school, middle school and elementary school students.

Visitors can also enjoy a panoramic view of the North Carolina High Country, Southern Virginia and Eastern Tennessee’s beautiful fall foliage from the mile-and-a-half-long scenic chairlift ride to Sugar’s 5,300 foot peak. Everyone, even mountain bikers, is welcome to ride the lift.

A children’s activity area, located in the Ski School Play Yard, will keep the young ones entertained each day from noon until 4 p.m. The children’s area includes bounce- and play-stations, hayrides and a chance to meet Sugar Mountain mascots Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear, along with face painting, cotton candy, popcorn and drinks.

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/oktoberfest.

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Spaten beer will flow generously this weekend at the Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest.
Photos by Frank Ruggiero

The 15-piece Harbour Towne Fest Band will bring the sounds, dances and enthusiasm of Bavaria to Sugar Mountain.

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