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Originally published: 2012-10-11 10:37:08
Last modified: 2012-10-11 10:37:08

Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain Saturday and Sunday

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A celebration of Bavarian food, drink and heritage will be on display when Sugar Mountain Resort hosts its annual Oktoberfest event (rain or shine) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14.

“Oktoberfest will hopefully be a weekend of beautiful weather to go with the mountain foliage and a great celebration of Bavarian food and culture,” said Kim Jochl with Sugar Mountain Resort. “Our parking lots will be absolutely full with visitors, with a weekend as busy as perhaps our Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend during ski season. We’re ready for the event and it’s a great warmup for the winter season and a time of great activity on the mountain.”

Harbour Town Fest Band will provide a festive Bavarian atmosphere to Sugar’s 22nd annual festival. Also, national award-winning Avery Smooth Dancers and Mountain Laurel Cloggers will get your feet stomping.

Admission, parking and shuttle service are free, and the festival will take place rain or shine. 

More than 40 artisans, craftspeople and festival food vendors open their booths at 10 a.m. each day with items including chair canning, wooden toys, oil paintings, stained glass, handmade furniture, dolls, copper art, ceramics, honey, beeswax candles, birdhouses and much more. For more information on reserving a spot as a vendor, call (828) 898-4521, extension 262, or click to

Visitors to Oktoberfest can get a unique view of the High Country, southern Virginia and eastern Tennessee’s foliage from the 1.5-mile long scenic chairlift ride to Sugar’s 5,300-foot peak. 

A children’s activity area, located in the Ski School Play Yard, will keep the young ones entertained each day from 12 to 4 p.m. The children’s area includes bounce and play stations, hayrides and a chance to meet Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear. Cotton candy, popcorn, candy apples and drinks are also available in the children’s activity area.

Avery Smooth Dancers will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, and Mountain Laurel Cloggers will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Both dance groups are comprised of local Avery high school, middle school and elementary school students. They will perform Big Circle Appalachian smooth dancing, the oldest form of square dancing in the United States. The steps and patterns are derived from Scottish and English country dancing and are the forerunner of American clogging steps today.

Bavarian cuisine including bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut, strudel and pretzels will be available starting at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. An ample supply of Spaten beer, created in 1872 in Munich, Germany and the world first’s Oktoberfest beer, will be available until 5 p.m. each day. Those who prefer other than Bavarian cuisine can enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and other festive foods on hand.

Shop for the upcoming fall and winter seasons at Sugar Mountain Resort’s Sport Shop, located on the first level of the main lodge. The ski shop will offer 30- percent off all 2012 and older winter apparel and footwear plus all Spyder Sample items will be 50- to 70-percent off. Sale prices are available only during Oktoberfest hours. All accessories, including, but not limited to, goggles, gloves and hats, will be excluded from the 30-percent off sale. 

New 2013 winter merchandise will also be available at regular retail. Commemorative Oktoberfest T-shirts and souvenir items can also be bought in the sports shop or under the tent on the main celebration deck.

Visitors planning to spend the weekend at Sugar can take advantage of 25-percent discounts for on-mountain lodging. Lodging details and contact information can be found by clicking to 

For more information or to volunteer, call Sugar Mountain Resort’s administrative office at (828) 898-4521 or click to