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Pats Peak annual ‘homecoming’ is a chance to feel the fall
“Beer and bratwurst are great,” said Jim Wall, director of services at Pats Peak, “but for us, Oktoberfest is really kind of a homecoming.”
Wall said the annual event reminds him of homecomings celebrated at high schools in the Midwest where he grew up, but instead of college kids returning to their alma maters, it’s staff and instructors coming back to the mountain.
Many of the mountain’s customers and season’s pass holders also attend the event to cash in on the last discounted passes of the season, and to attend the ski and snowboard sale held as part of the day’s activities. The sale runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and donated items that are sold to benefit a junior ski-racer non-profit.
The Oktoberfest celebration at Pats Peak is free, and includes all the trappings of an authentic German festival including German food, beer, and the music of King Ludwig’s Bavarian Band.
And while the 11th annual Oktoberfest may include adult beverages, the event is always family-friendly, said Wall.
A special place for kids called “Bear-varia” is the center of activity for the younger set and includes candy apple decorating, the donut dangle, keg bowling, and a bouncy house that resembles a castle.
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