Listen for the oompah at Oktoberfest |

Listen for the oompah at Oktoberfest

Tim Parsons
Lake Tahoe Action

It was the best of times, it was the “wurst” of times.

Tahoe’s tale of two cities has Oktoberfest Saturday in South Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley.

The 16th annual “spaetzle” event at South Shore’s Camp Richardson is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking is free.

“We have all different kinds of sausages, said Robin Shriver, the operations manager at Camp Richardson. “Bratwurst, knackworst, fleischwurst, cheddarwurst. All the ‘wursts.’ “

A souvenir stein full of beer is $12. Refills are $6.

The Gruber family oompah band will perform and present yodeling and stein-holding contests.

Tahoe Gymnastics and Miss Marcia’s Dancers will perform.

Festivalgoers are encouraged to wear costumes and to dress up their dogs as well. It is the only time of year dogs are allowed at Camp Richardson. They must be on a leash.

“Camp Rich is a great setting with the woods trees and everything,” Shriver said. “We have craft vendors, so it’s a good time for early Christmas shopping.”

Children can play in a bounce house and a bungee trampoline. There will be face painting and a poker run.

Oktoberfest is held throughout the world. It began in Munich, Germany in 1810. A 16- to 18-day festival is from late September to the first week of October.

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