Alpine County’s Oktoberfest kicks off Saturday at Kirkwood |

Alpine County’s Oktoberfest kicks off Saturday at Kirkwood

Emily Aughinbaugh, Tribune staff writer

Alpine County’s version of Oktoberfest will be kicked off Saturday at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

The event is one of three autumn festivals to benefit the Alpine County Arts Commissions’ education efforts.

Phylise Walker, director of the arts commission, said the festival is in its second year, but she expects the turnout to be much greater this year with the help of Kirkwood.

“(The autumn fest) provides an alternative to some of the other stuff that’s going on,” Walker said. “People get to participate in a fun event and have a beautiful drive.”

Kirkwood representative Nicole Belt said the festival will help to promote summer activities at the ski resort.

“This will let everyone know there’s something out (at Kirkwood) in the summer,” Belt said. “We realize the potential for the autumn colors along the whole corridor of 88 is beautiful.”

The Lazy Eights, a band from Reno, will be playing at the Plaza in the Mountain Village at Kirkwood. For $20, participants can listen to the four-man band’s eclectic stylings, nibble hors d’oeuvres and sample at least nine different beers from seven-ounce glasses, including Gordon Biersch, Sierra Nevada, Full Sail and Lagunitas.

Craft, art and food booths will also be set up.

Belt said the festival is designed to be a family event and she advises people to take a scenic tour of Woodfords, Turtle Rock and Bear Valley before coming to the resort.

“It’s really an array of colors up here,” Belt said. “The trees just started changing colors about two weeks ago.”

The event is primarily sponsored by the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce to promote the fall colors of the county, according to Executive Director Bob Anderson.

“For years people have been coming to Alpine County for the aspen trees,” Anderson said. “We wanted to put together some events for people to come up and enjoy themselves.”

What: Alpine County Autumn Fest

When: 3 – 6 p.m., Saturday

Where: Kirkwood Mountain Resort

What: Alpine County Fair

When: noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7

Where: Markleeville

The streets of Markleeville will be closed for kids’ games, food, beer, and arts and crafts booths. The event will include live entertainment by the Black Irish Band, a jazz guitarist, and a performance from Virginia City gun fighters and saloon girls.

For more information contact the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce,

(530) 694-2475.

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