Oktoberfest a fun community, family affair

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For the past 15 years, Woodland Park has observed the beginning of fall with the Oktoberfest festival. Sponsored by the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, the event pays tribute to beer, in the Munich tradition, while featuring German food, music and games.

With free admission for children, Oktoberfest features day-long activities that include a climbing wall as well as an obstacle course.

There will be a large slide on hand, a place for toddlers to play and a bounce house.

The balloon guy – who creates a range of characters – will be there, along with the traditional treats of cotton candy and snow cones.

“The kids can dance to the chicken dance too,” said Debbie Miller, president of the chamber.

For adults, there will be beer from Woodland Park’s Bierwerks and Banana Belt Liquors as well as the Bristol Brewery in Colorado Springs.

Several bands will also perform.

A two-day event, Oktoberfest is a day to be German, to celebrate the advent of fall and, in Woodland Park, to honor the military.

“Many of the soldiers at Fort Carson spent time in Germany; they understand we’re not Munich, but Oktoberfest is an opportunity for them to come up here and enjoy the festival,” Miller said.

For active-duty military, the price of admission includes a dollar discount, plus free tickets for the first beer, brat, wine or soda.

In Woodland Park, Oktoberfest is a community affair, with more than 200 volunteers that help to stage the event.

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