Snowmass history: “S’mass Oktoberfest”

Dancers perform along the Snowmass Mall during the 1985 Oktoberfest celebration.
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“Oktoberfest Weekend in Snowmass Village will begin Friday, Sept. 20, with a benefit Snowmass Repertory Theatre presentation of Patrick Meyer’s K2, followed by dinner and musical entertainment at the Timber Mill,” The Aspen Times reported in a September 1985 edition. “Proceeds from the weekend will benefit the Snowmass Chapel and Community Center, a combined effort of the Snowmass Interfaith Chapel and the Snowmass Village Community fund.”

In addition to the movie and dinner, a “Kinder Parade,” led by the previous year’s Munchner Kindl, puppet and magic shows, along with a 12-piece Bavarian oompah-pah band and folk dancers provided a continuous lineup of entertainment. Booths provided Bavarian food, drinks and games throughout the mall for a truly fall festival.