Roll out the barrel at Camp Richardson |

Roll out the barrel at Camp Richardson

Missy Springer

If the days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing colors, then you know it’s time for the Historic Camp Richardson Resort and Marina Octoberfest celebration.

The 11th annual event will be Saturday and Sunday. Two full days of family fun, great food and hand-crafted items herald the arrival of fall, one of the most spectacular times of the year in the Sierra Nevada.

Free admission and great entertainment make the event perfect for children and adults. Kids – big or small – can search for the perfect pumpkin at the festival’s pumpkin patch. The entire family will enjoy events geared to children, including games for all age groups, from the bouncy elephant to the maze or face painting. The Camp Richardson Corral will offer hayrides through the woods. Who ever can guess the weight of the giant pumpkin will get to take it home.

No Octoberfest is complete without the German Beer and Wine Garden. It will be in the courtyard of the hotel. Along with the traditional beverages and a free beer stein, guests can dine on the best German cuisine, bockwurst, knackwurst, bratwurst, Polish dogs, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, pastries and pretzels.

The Al Gruber Band will perform German and polka music both days. There will be performances by Miss Marsha’s Dance Studio on Saturday and Sunday.

Craft booths will offer handmade items.

Just down the road from Camp Richardson at the U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center will be the Kokanee Salmon Festival. For details see this weekend’s Action, inserted in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

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