Oktoberfest delayed till Oct. 6, moved to Buchanan Park

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By Sandy Barnes

Evergreen's annual Oktoberfest celebration has been postponed until Sunday, Oct. 6, and will be moved to Buchanan Park.  

The fourth annual celebration had been scheduled for this Sunday at Evergreen Lake, but the recent rains and flooding forced the postponement. 

The event, sponsored by the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation, is known for tasty food, microbrews and lively music. Along with a variety of cuisine from barbecue to German and American, four Colorado microbreweries will offer beer for festival-goers to sample and enjoy.

During the afternoon, PJ Zahn, the Boomers and Strike 3 will provide music, as well as the Original Cow Boy Band.

A main attraction of Oktoberfest will be the raffle of a 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, which was restored by Morse Auto Body in Marshdale, with assistance from other area businesses. The drawing will take place at 5:30 p.m. during the festival. The winner does not have to be present to win, but will be responsible for applicable taxes and fees.

Raffle tickets are $5 each, or three for $10, and are available at the Buchanan and Wulf recreation centers, and also at Oktoberfest.

Admission to the event at the gate is $16 for adults and includes a commemorative mug and the first beer at no charge. For those under age 21, the admission fee is $5. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Designated drivers can come to Oktoberfest for a $10 admission. 

The event will now take place from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Buchanan Park. No dogs or coolers are allowed at the event. 

Proceeds from this year's raffle will go toward purchasing a shade pavilion for Stagecoach Park in Evergreen.

Shuttle parking has been moved from Evergreen High School to the former Albertsons parking lot on Stagecoach Boulevard.
Those who purchased advance tickets can still use them at the Oct. 6 event. For more information, e-mail the foundation at info@evergreenparkfoundation.org.
Also, the raffle for the restored 1971 Karmann Ghia will be postponed two weeks as well, with the drawing to be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Oktoberfest. 

Last year's Oktoberfest raised more than $15,000 for scholarships to allow mountain area kids to participate in EPRD programs.