Sep 092010
Authors: Courtney Riley

Dick Zavodny and his band can’t wait to play some “good, happy, festive polka music” this Saturday.

They’ll be playing at Fort Collins’ Oktoberfest and Nelsen’s Old Town Car Show, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The 20-year-old Loveland band has been playing their music at this particular festival for at least 10 years.

Zavodny has been playing the accordion since age 14 and formed his first band in 1974.

Although the band isn’t Zavodny’s full-time job, he wishes it could be.

“Polka is the music I love,” he said.

Aside from himself, the band consists of Chuck Varilek, the tuba player, his wife Julie Varilek, the singer and pianist, and Mike Golub, the band’s drummer.

The band performs at dances and festivals in Denver, Colorado Springs, Cheyenne, Wyo. and other cities, but loves the Fort Collins Oktoberfest because of the people.

“The crowds are always so great, and it’s just a really fun atmosphere,” Zavodny said.

The Dick Zavodny band will play from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

It will be sell its two albums, “Smokin’ Polkas,” which accentuates the piano accordion, and “Sizzlin’ Buttons,” featuring the button accordion. Each album will sell for $15, or both can be purchased for $25.

According to the Downtown Fort Collins website, two more bands, the High Gear Daddies and Heidi and the Rhythm Rollers, will also perform. The Denver Kickers, a schuhplattler Bavarian dance group, will serve as event entertainment as well.

There will also be activities for kids, an apple pie eating contest, authentic German food and Colorado beer.

Peggy Lyle, the Event Director for the Fort Collins Downtown Business Association, said that Oktoberfest has been held in Old Town for about five years. However, this is the first year that they are combining the event with the Nelsen’s Old Town Car Show.
The car show’s original intended date was cancelled because of weather. This seemed like a perfect opportunity to combine the two events, Lyle said.

“Both of the events reach unique, dedicated audiences in Northern Colorado,” he added.

According to the Downtown Fort Collins website, the car show will feature hundreds of vintage vehicles, hot-rods and classic trucks.

Northern Colorado is a “hotbed of innovation,” Lyle said. This area has both a “population that is car-crazy and a population of people with German heritage who came from Russia.”

Staff writer Courtney Riley can be reached at

Check out Oktoberfest

What: Oktoberfest and Nelsen’s Old Town Car Show
Where: Old Town Square
When: Saturday
Time: 11a.m. to 6 p.m.
Put on By: The Fort Collins Downtown Business Association
Free Admission

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