Sep 282008
Authors: Kelli Pryor

Bratwurst, polish sausage, polka dancing and, of course, a beer-filled Civic Center Park Saturday were all present for Fort Collins’ annual Oktoberfest.

People got a taste of Germany from authentic Bavarian dancing by the Denver Kickers Schuhplattlers, polka music by Jim Ehrlich and his Polka Mates and plenty of men in lederhosen.

There were activities to keep adults and children alike amused, from pie-eating contests for the kids to keg races for the kid inside the adults.

Justin Weaver, a senior speech communication major, attended Oktoberfest to hang out with friends working at the festival.

“There’s good food, good music and a good atmosphere,” he said.

Some people simply came out to enjoy the seasonal weather.

“We were looking for something to do, and it was a nice day out,” said Audrie Diel, a graduate student.

For Jimmy Schump, a freshman international studies major, Oktoberfest was a way to experience German culture without leaving home, he said.

“It’s bringing culture into Fort Collins,” said Schump, who spent last year studying abroad in Germany, and is a member of the CSU German club.

Sarah Pollard, sophomore biology and German major, and also a member of CSU’s German Club, volunteered at the kids’ booth. German Club did not help organize the event, but provided volunteers, she said.

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