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Let’s party, at Oktoberfest!

Don’t you just love autumn in Colorado — the beautiful colors of the leaves, the crisp mornings and sunny days, the glorious fall flowers, the pumpkin pies and, maybe best of all, the fact it is the time of the year when we get to celebrate Pagosa Springs’ annual Oktoberfest.

I’m sure most of you have your tickets by now, but for those few who have procrastinated for some reason or another, you still have a day or two to get your tickets for this exciting event. I may not be too fluent in German, but I am still excited about Oktoberfest, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Ahh, do you remember the smells of the delicious food that was served to us at the Oktoberfest last year? Can’t you just taste the juicy brats on a bun, the marvelous hot German potato salad, the tangy, kind-of-sweet sauerkraut, and that delicious cake? Well, you can expect the same treats this year.

Along with all this great food, we will have the choice of hot coffee or refreshing ice tea. And don’t forget, the micro-brewed beer will flow freely into the beautiful glass beer steins we will receive upon arrival. (Beer is available for $3 and root beer and water can be purchased for $1.)

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you: the children’s meal includes a juicy hot dog, crunchy chips, dessert and a non-breakable mug. And if you don’t eat meat, veggie brats will be available.

After we indulge in all of this food, we can work it off by dancing to the wonderful Pagosa Springs Paukenschlagel Polka Band. Even if we can’t pronounce “Paukenschlagel,” it is so enjoyable to listen to the music. With any luck at all, we may get to see the big yellow chicken teaching the Chicken Dance again this year. For those who don’t dance, it is fun to sit and listen and watch the people try to keep up with the music. .

Or, maybe you will want to sneak off while everyone is dancing and browse the items offered at the silent auction before yoiu make your bids. Some of the terrific items offered this year include a half-day raft trip for two, framed prints, gift certificates for dinner, theatre, massages, haircuts, ski, snowboard or snowshoe rentals, golfing for two, a two-night stay at a beautiful nearby lodge, and a ride on a fire truck and lunch with the fire chief! Just in case we are outbid on our favorite items, there is still a chance we can go home with a basket of goodies, some of the home décor items, a lovely piece of jewelry, perhaps some Christmas decorations or any one of the many other items too numerous to be listed.

Tickets for this event are offered at the same prices as at last year’s Oktoberfest:

• Adults $20 for advance purchase (or $25 at the door).

• Children $5 for ages 5-12 (Under age 5 is free).

• Archuleta Seniors Inc. members $12 for advance purchase (or $15 at the door).

Tickets can be purchased at the Senior Center, the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Plaid Pony prior to the event, so be sure to get your tickets before it’s too late.

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.

We look forward to seeing you, your family and all of your friends Friday.

Let’s party!