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Monday, August 11, 2014

Oktoberfest runs Aug 16 – Oct 12 at Snowbird

The annual Oktoberfest celebration is set to begin at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and this year it will be bigger and better than ever. Oktoberfest offers something for everyone, with music, dancing, cultural activities and plenty of liquid refreshment.

This KSL.com article names Oktoberfest as one of the reasons to escape into Utah's mountains. Head up in August to been the summer heat, or go in September as leaves begin to turn.

Snowbird provided the information below.

Oktoberfest at Snowbird - PROST!

Attracting over 60,000 visitors, Snowbird's Oktoberfest has grown to become one of the largest festivals in Utah! Admission to the Oktoberfest festival is always FREE.

Oktoberfest began in Bavaria with the Royal Bavarian Wedding of 1810. To celebrate his autumn marriage, King Ludwig called for a state fair in Munich. The festival was dedicated to the fall harvest and, of course, beer - the region’s most famous product.  The celebration was such a success that Ludwig issued a royal decree making every October in Munich a festival time. Oktoberfest has been held annually ever since and has grown into the largest of all German beer festivals.

Snowbird's Oktoberfest began in 1973 when two men costumed in leather lederhosen, inspired by the towering mountains that reminded them of their homeland, came to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort to play their accordions and sing in their native German tongue.

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