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10th Annual Village Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley

Linda Bottjer

Break out the dirndls and scrub your knees before donning a pair of lederhosen.

The 10th annual Village Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley happens Saturday, Oct. 1.

The Bavarian-style action begins at 2 p.m.

Oktoberfest is an event fueled with the beer, accented with fun and set to raise money for the Tahoe Truckee Lacrosse Association.

Beer is one of the world’s oldest fermented beverages. Many of the brewers’ practices adhere to the centuries old Reinheitsgebot or German Purity Law in effect since the early 16th century. The law states the only allowable ingredients in beer-making are water, hops and malted barley.

Seven breweries will be pouring their brews, from pale amber lagers to dark russet stouts, for the thirsty crowds that numbered over 2,600 in 2010.

Several are national brewers such as Sam Adams and Gordon Bierisch and others are small, local microbrewers like Sudwerk of Davis, Calif., and Pennsylvania-based Victory Beer. Among the authentic German beer companies are Franziskaner and Spatan both based in Munich.

Patrons will be asked to buy a glass one-half liter stein and a beer for $10. Subsequent beers will be $5.

According to David Greenleaf, Village Events & Operations Manager of the Squaw Village Neighborhood Company, many restaurants will offer special German-themed meals in addition to their normal fare.

“There will be places to eat plenty of brats and sauerkraut,” he said.

Brats, the shortened version of bratwurst, are sausages usually made of veal or pork. Besides being good for consumption they also are perfect for a tossing contest that begins at 4 p.m.

Beer kegs, marked with a target pattern at one end, will be set 10 yards from the throwing line.

Participants will attempt to throw a sausage closest to the center of the target.

The keg will be moved back an additional five yards after each throw until finally there is a winning wiener.

Due to its slimy exterior, tossing a brat and having it stay in place is not easy, said Greenleaf.

Less difficult will be to tap a toe or flap the Chicken Dance to the music of Joe Smiell and his 20-piece Bavarian Band at the Main Stage.

Joining the band will be Almenrausch Schuhplattler Folk Dancers.

The sound of music will continue with the Alpentazer Schuhplattler Dance Troupe that dances to the music of its own band at the stage found at the Village’s other end.

Another favorite activity is the stein holding contest.

The contestant with the strongest muscles and willpower and able to hold multiple steins at shoulder height the longest will be the winner.

New for 2011 will be yodeling and alpenhorn blowing contests.

Throughout the afternoon eager participants can trill to the surrounding mountaintops or blow their homemade horns.

Instructions for making an alpenhorn, made from PVC pipes and duct tape, are found on the event’s website.

Contests’ participants have to be at least 21 years of age. The Oktoberfest will also have a root beer station for younger attendees or those who are not drinking alcohol.

Say prosit to a good time for a good cause.


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