Denver’s Oktoberfest

I, Zeb the Duck, Soapy Smith Duck, our moms and Soapy’s dog Stevie went to Denver’s Oktoberfest.

Welcome to Denver Oktoberfest

Welcome to Denver Oktoberfest

A really great festival!   We watched the keg bowling.

We like keg bowling

We like keg bowling

This man pushes the keg with wheels down the road trying to knock down the empty kegs at the end. He did pretty well, too.   Look at these great signs put up especially for this festival.

New signs for Oktoberfest.

New signs for Oktoberfest.

Now we can find things. There were a lot of people here and everybody seemed to enjoy this accordion music.

Accordions have a different sound--we like them

Accordions have a different sound–we like them

After 2 weekends of festivities, Sunday was the last day of Denver’s Oktoberfest.   And the day featured the German wiener dogs.   There was the Long Dog Derby.  This is a wiener dog race.  The dogs were divided into categories based on age and also a category for those with disabilities, such a cart for legs.   One owner holds the dog at the starting gate.

Getting ready

Getting ready

Then the countdown and the dogs begin to race.

Well, some of them race

Well, some of them race

This guy is running to the finish line,

Adorable

Adorable

but watching the crowd also. Another human is at the finish line urging the dogs to run faster and reach the finish line quickly.

Finish fast

Finish fast

Many of the dogs wore costumes.   Here are just a few of the many adorable dogs we saw.  Click on any photo to enlarge it.

In bikinis.  Let's go to the beach

In bikinis. Let’s go to the beach

Lounging at the information booth

Lounging at the information booth

Dressed to go out for the day

Dressed to go out for the day

Patriotic dog with cart

Patriotic dog with cart

So cute

So cute

His hat slide.  Fantastic dog

His hat slid. Fantastic dog

Cute girl

Cute girl

Proud with his green hat

Proud with his green hat

The winner of the costume contest

The winner of the costume contest

This dog, with a jockey on his back, won the costume contest. This guy was just too tired to walk further.

How about a ride

How about a ride

They do have short legs.

We saw, and smelled, wonderful food. There were trays of strudel, hundreds of brats, hot dogs, schnitzel, and those wonderful large soft German pretzels. Look at this pizza and those huge pieces of Rice Krispie candy.

We are hungry

We are hungry

This food is ready to eat!  Our moms took us to the Ginn Mill.

We like the Ginn Mill

We like the Ginn Mill

We could take our street food inside, order drinks and eat inside. We went to their covered patio to enjoy food and drink.

Great patio

Great patio

And, they let Soapy’s dog Stevie come in with us. She ate some of our food and had her own bowl of cold water. This was a great day for us. Don’t wait too long to attend a festival near you.

Refreshments anyone?

Refreshments anyone?

Summer is over and soon we may see snow and cold weather. We enjoy being outside when we can and hope you do too.

Vail Oktoberfest

Our moms, Soapy Smith Duck and I, Zeb the Duck went to Vail, Colorado for Oktoberfest.

Vail Oktoberfest

Vail Oktoberfest

Soapy’s dog Steve went too.  It was wonderful.  But, why is Oktoberfest in September?  Moms said it’s a German thing???  Many places are having Oktoberfest now, but we decided to visit Vail.  In addition to the beer tents and live music, Vail had extra events.  Let’s begin with the adult keg-bowling contest.  Another first for the ducks.  Contestants must be at least 21 years old.

Keg Bowling

Keg Bowling

Bowler hurls a keg on wheels down the lane at a pyramid of empty kegs with the intention of bringing down the pile.

And they fall

And they fall

Almost like regular bowling??

Keg on wheels.  Use as bowling ball

Keg on wheels. Use as bowling ball

Also Vail had Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests.  Eat as many brats as you can in 3 minutes.  The moms decided not to watch that.  We wandered around and the rascal Soapy grabbed a mug of beer and posed here.

That rascal Soapy with a mug of beer

That rascal Soapy with a mug of beer

That duck!  We walked by the gondola, on the bike paths so Steve could play too.  Coming back down the mountain, this sign made us laugh.

Caution people!!

Caution people!!

It is telling bikers to slow down as they enter Lionshead area.

We ate brats.  Soapy and Zeb sat on the table watching a bowl of sauerkraut.

Our first bowl of sauerkraut

Our first bowl of sauerkraut

Lots of typical German food here.  Also had big pretzels and schnitzel.  And strudel!   Of course, lots of German beer is available at Oktoberfest.

German beer for Oktoberfest

German beer for Oktoberfest

The last contest we watched was Stein Lifting.  The ladies competed first.  The steins, with a pint of beer, are on the platform. When somebody yells start, the ladies pick up a mug and must hold the full stein at shoulder level.

Ladies, lift your steins

Ladies, lift your steins

Other hand must be at side.  These are heavy.

Still holding steady...

Still holding steady…

The winning time for the ladies was 2 minutes and 45 seconds.  Then the men competed.

Men Stein Lifting

Men Stein Lifting

This man won.

The champ

The champ

Strong arms are needed for this contest.

USA Today says Vail is one of the top ten greatest Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States.  There was also square dancing, Bavarian music and dancing, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing and a costume contest.   To buy food and beverages, money was not accepted.  We needed das token.

Zeb and Soapy with Das Token

Zeb and Soapy with Das Token

We had a great time at Vail Oktoberfest.  Oktoberfest will be celebrated again this weekend in Vail.  We hope you visit Vail sometime during September 12-14, 2014.  For more information visit www.vailoktoberfest.com