Aug. 26, 2013. Sugar Mountain Resort’s 23rd annual Oktoberfest will be held Oct. 12-13. Take in the beautiful fall foliage, cool, comfortable mountain temperatures and a weekend full of Oktoberfest activities from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Be sure to bring the kids and the grandparents because the festival is for the whole family. Admission, parking and shuttle service are free. Rain or shine, the festival will go on!
Bavarian cuisine including bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut, strudel and pretzels will be available starting at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. To help wash it down an ample supply of Spaten beer will generously flow each day until 5 p.m. Spaten Oktoberfest beer, created in 1872 and brewed in Munich, Germany, is the world’s first Oktoberfest beer. If Bavarian cuisine isn’t your preference, American hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and other festive foods will be on hand too.
An array of artisans, craftspeople and food vendors will open their booths at 10 a.m. each day. Pottery and ceramics to jewelry and dog bed items will cover the back lawn for browsing and shopping pleasure.
A children’s activity area, located in the Ski School Play Yard will keep the young ones entertained each day. The children’s area includes bounce and play stations, hay rides, a climbing wall, mini golf and a chance to meet Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear. Face painting, cotton candy, popcorn and drinks will also be available in the children’s activity area.
An Oktoberfest isn’t complete without the sounds of an Oom Pah Band. From noon until 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, the 15-piece Harbour Towne Fest Band guarantees to bring the sounds, dances and enthusiasm of Bavaria to Sugar Mountain.
There’s nothing more American than listening to a local school band. The Valle Crucis Middle School band will be a real treat, performing on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m
Enjoy a panoramic view of the North Carolina High Country, Southern Virginia and Eastern Tennessee’s beautiful fall foliage from the mile and a half long scenic chairlift ride up to Sugar’s 5,300 foot peak.
Shop for the upcoming fall and winter seasons at Sugar Mountain Resort’s Sports and Gift Shop located on the first level of the main lodge buildng. The Ski Shop will offer 30 percent off all 2013 and older winter apparel and footwear plus all Spyder Sample items will be 50-70 percent off. Sale prices are available only during the tw0-day Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Some merchandise exclusions do apply. New 2014 winter merchandise will be available at regular retail.
Commemorative Oktoberfest and souvenir items can be purchased at the Sports Shop or outside, under the tent on the main celebration deck.
If you’re planning to spend the weekend take advantage of on-mountain lodging discounts of 25 percent. Lodging details and contact information can be found at oktoberfest.skisugar.com/lodging.
For a comprehensive hourly weather forecast beginning one week prior to the Oktoberfest please go to Rays Weather Center.
For additional information or if you are interested in volunteering, or becoming a vendor please call Sugar Mountain Resort’s administrative office at 828-898-4521.