Celebrating summer's end with German flair

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By Sandy Barnes

Lively music and beer flowed freely at the third annual Oktoberfest on Sunday afternoon at Evergreen Lake.


Musicians dressed in German attire played oom-pah tunes inside the large white tent where food and beer were served. The fare included sauerkraut marinated in wine and other Bavarian-style cuisine.

Outside, festival-goers danced to music performed by the 3 Twins Broadband and other groups and took in a display of Volkswagen campers and Beetles.

Friends chatted with one another, while kids frolicked on the grounds and played in the bouncy castle.

A highlight of the event was the long-awaited drawing for a 1973 Volkswagen camper bus named “Izzy,” which came toward the end of the afternoon.

Winner Robert Duggan of Evergreen was not present for the actual drawing, but a phone call with the good news brought him to the lake in short order. The vehicle was restored to its former glory by Morse Auto Body of Evergreen and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District maintenance team.

After the drawing, Kit Darrow, Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation president, drove the VW camper through the park, perhaps for one last time.

Working with other foundation board members, Darrow organized the festival, which is the group’s annual fund-raiser. Raffle proceeds will go toward the purchase of playground equipment and a portable stage.

“It was great spending time with friends for a great cause,” said Evergreen resident Kelly Gordon. “We are so appreciative of our community here.”


Contact reporter Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.