Oktoberfest oom-pahs for one last weekend in Frisco
FRISCO – By now, you should have your chicken dance down to a pate, but if you missed the last two weekends of Oktoberfests throughout the county, Frisco’s tapping the keg to give you one more chance to sport your lederhosen.
The town of Frisco and the Frisco Chamber of Commerce take a gulp of the German tradition by yelling, “O’zapft,” which means the keg has been tapped, at 11 a.m. Saturday on Main Street.
Well before the “burgermeister” taps the keg, registration for the volksmarch begins at 8 a.m. and continues until noon at the Historic Park Schoolhouse Museum in Frisco. The tradition behind the noncompetitive hike originated in Germany, and 10 clubs in Colorado carry on by organizing and attending hikes, said Frisco Councilmember Tom Connolly, who planned the routes.
Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Wanderers – a Denver Volksmarch club – two 5-kilometer walks take participants along the bike path, through town or up to Rainbow Lake and back down. The 15K hike travels along the peninsula trail, while the 10K hike traces a portion of the trail.
“Volksmarch is a family-type experience to get out and hike and enjoy being outdoors,” said Linda Lichtendahl, community relations director.
German dancers roll out the barrel with Tanzkapelle at 11 a.m. at Ches’ Place at the Historic Park Gazebo stage.
Accordion player Steve Rock began his Denver-based German band in 1979 with his two sisters, who alternate as drummers. Trumpet player Joe Arnett joined the band 10 years ago. Tanzkapelle, which means “dance band,” livens up Oktoberfests from Denver’s Larimer Square, to Breckenridge to Colorado Springs.
The Breckenridge Brewery, Dillon Dam Brewery, Great Northern Tavern, Pug Ryan’s and Backcountry Brewery pour rich and creamy heads of beer in the official Frisco Oktoberfest ceramic steins for $10, including the first beer. If you prefer your liquor a little quicker, the chamber offers Oktoberfest shot glasses for schnapps for $2.
Silverheels at the Ore House, Claimjumper, Blue Spruce, Tuscato, Deli Belly, Good Earth Kettle Corn, Sweet Paradise and the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will offer sweets, brats, linzer torte and other German fare.
At 5 p.m., the party moves from Main Street to local restaurants, which fill official steins up at happy hour prices until 7 p.m. Stop by Barkley’s Margarita Grill, the Blue Spruce Inn, Claimjumper Restaurant, Fiesta Jalisco, the Moose Jaw, Ristorante Ti Amo, Silverheels at the Ore House, Tuscato or the Uptown Bistro for happy hour specials.
For more information, call (970) 668-5276, ext. 3076.
Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
? When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
? Where: Main Street, Frisco
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