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Oktoberfest returns to The Village at Squaw Valley

original bavarian Oktoberfest big soft pretzel with beer mug, hops and wheat from Germany on old beer barrel

Some people may scoff at the thought of drinking beer and eating sausage while wearing your finest lederhosen and listening to Bavarian music. Those people are stupid.

All that food and drink simply tastes better once you've fully embraced the Oktoberfest spirt, and on Saturday you'll have an opportunity to embrace the German festivities as the annual Oktoberfest at the Village at Squaw Valley returns.

The celebration transforms that village "into a miniature Bavaria complete with authentic German beer and food, Bavarian music, the ever-popular Oktoberfest Games and plenty of family fun," states an online posting by Squaw.

Admission is $20, which includes a mug and two beer tickets. Additional beer tickets are $5 each.

All proceeds from the event go to the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation, a nonprofit founded to "develop the sport of lacrosse for all student-athletes in Northern Nevada, Truckee, and the Tahoe Basin," according to the foundation's website.

Aside from the beer, attendees can purchase brats, Bavarian pretzels and rootbeer floats.

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The Oktoberfest games are free to participate in, however, they are "first come, first served."

Games include a keg rolling (self explanatory), the brat toss (also self explanatory) and the ultimate test of strength: the stein holding competition. Two 1-liter steins — filled to the top — are held at shoulder height. The last person standing wins.

Visit squawalpine.com/events for information. The Village at Squaw Valley is located at 1960 Squaw Valley Road in Olympic Valley.

If you go …

What: Oktoberfest

When: Noon – 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22

Where: Village at Squaw Valley

Tickets: $20

Info: squawalpine.com