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Eighth annual Oktoberfest set for Oct. 3

Oh, wunderbar, wunderbar!

It is that wonderful time of the year when we get to celebrate Pagosa Springs’ eighth annual Oktoberfest.

This year, it will take place Oct. 3 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and, as usual, it will be held at the community center in beautiful downtown Pagosa Springs.

I am so excited about this No. 1 social event of the year, that I am trying to learn some words in Deutsch (German) so I can tell you about the menu and some of the activities planned for this fun evening.

First of all, the food is sehr gut (so good).

The speisekarte (menu) includes juicy bratwurst (brats) on a bun, sauerkraut, Deutsch kartoffel salat (German potato salad), and delicious kuchen (cake). Kaffee (coffee) and iced-tea are also included with your meal. Oh, and there will be lots of bier (beer) available at the cash bar for $3 so you can keep refilling the beautiful commemorative glass bier stein you will be given upon arrival. Root beer and water can be purchased for $1. (The children’s meal includes a hot dog, chips, dessert and a genuine non-breakable mug.)

The musik (music) is also sehr gut (so good)! Come and tenz (dance) the evening away with your favorite fraulein or frau (Miss or Mrs.). The musik will be provided by the same wunderbar (wonderful) band we had last year — none other than the great Paukenschlagel Polka Band.

Tickets are available at the Senior Center, the community center, the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Plaid Pony. The really good news is that ticket prices did not increase this year (like everything else has), and are available at the following prices: Adults $20 for advance purchase (or $25 at the door); children $5 for ages 5-12 (under 5 is free); Archuleta Seniors Inc. members $12 for advance purchase (or $15 at the door).

We will also enjoy an exciting silent auction. Many items have been donated by our very generous Pagosa Springs merchants. We’ll tell you about some of the items in the next issue of The PREVIEW, so you don’t want to miss the next article regarding this event.

And don’t forget to put the date — Oct. 3 — on your calendar, and be sure to get your tickets early.

The Oktoberfest is sponsored by the non-profit Archuleta Seniors, Inc. The funds received help Archuleta County seniors-in-need with medical transportation, medical costs or dental expenses, eye-care, hearing aids, etc. In addition, funds are used for social, educational and cultural activities for seniors. All donations are tax deductible.

Danke (thank you) for putting up with my attempts to speak Deutsch. Auf Wiedersehen. See you soon.