Hundreds of Männer, Frauen und Kinder packed Buchanan Park for the fourth annual Oktoberfest on Sunday for some traditional German fare, music, food and, of course, beer.
The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Evergreen Lake House, but the date and location were changed because of September’s flooding and the resulting damage.
“We had basically two weeks to re-plan an entire event,” said Kit Darrow of the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation, which sponsored the event. “We had to get new bands, recruit new volunteers and food vendors.
“Everyone did a heck of a job, though,” Darrow said. “It’s been great today.”
Four Colorado breweries kept mugs full and people dancing. Attendees were treated to live music, a kids tent and beautiful weather.
“The weather’s great, and there is plenty of pretty girls out here today,” said Duane Fink of Bailey.
Fink and his friend, Jason Alden of Colorado Springs, were eating pulled-pork sandwiches under the main tent. Vendors sold barbecue and hot dogs, but also bratwurst and Polish sausage.
Dora Fiet of Evergreen bought tickets to Oktoberfest for her husband Aaron’s birthday.
“Both the music and the beer have been really good,” said Aaron, as he held and danced with his daughter, Sophie. “Everything is that much better because it’s my birthday today.”
The highlight of Oktoberfest wasn’t poured out of a keg, however. The main attraction was the raffle of a fully restored 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. Morse Auto Body, McKinstrey Engineering, Cornerstone Glass and other local businesses teamed up to restore the classic car.
“We’ve probably sold around 6,000 raffle tickets,” Darrow said an hour before the raffle drawing.
Evergreen Recreation and Parks members sold raffle tickets all summer, and Peter Kahn of Evergreen had the lucky ticket. Kahn purchased his tickets at one of the Evergreen Lake concerts this summer.
Funds raised went toward the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation’s efforts to build a shade pavilion and water fountain at Stagecoach Park.
“We had to go out and purchase more beer today,” Darrow said. “That has to be a sign the event was successful, right?”
Next year’s fifth annual Oktoberfest is scheduled for Sept. 21. For more information, visit www.evergreenparkfoundation.org.
Contact Daniel Laverty at Daniel@evergreenco.comor at 303-350-1043. Follow him on Twitter at @LavertyReports.