Oktoberfest Fun in Breckenridge

Breckenridge, Colorado sure knows how to celebrate Oktoberfest!  In Cincinnati, where I’m from, Oktoberfest is serious business–given the large percentage of German heritage residents.  Just a week ago, my friend Gina and I walked a few blocks down from Beaver Run Resort, where we were staying, to the festivities.  We arrived rather early at 10:30am and by 11:00am had a dark beer in our hands.

We stopped for a few photo ops…

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I was surprised at how large of an event it is in Breckenridge.  Even with occasional misty rain, it became quite crowded later in the day (double the people shown below).

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Cincinnati Oktoberfest 2012 & Ft. Thomas Festival

Hello everybody!  Hope you’re having a great weekend!  I’ve been sick all week…a cold.  I’m glad I decided to get out yesterday and go to the Cincinnati Oktoberfest and especially the Ft. Thomas, Kentucky Festival.  It was so crowded at the Oktoberfest, you were shoulder to shoulder with people most of the time.

I was in my usual mood of “lets enjoy every minute”!  Here are some of the photos from the afternoon…

We ate some yummy Goetta Balls…deep fried deliciousness!  Goetta is popular in Cincinnati because there is a rather large percentage of people with German heritage.  It is made from ground pork and beef mixed with oats and a few other ingredients.  Of course we had to have some Warsteiner beer!

My girlfriend Cindy came with Randy and I.  She’s a Grandmother and the oldest grandchild is 16 years old.  It’s hard to believe!  Here she is with a cowboy on stilts!

Randy’s looking quite manly beside this cool car at the Ft. Thomas festival…

I took some (what I thought were) “artsy” photos.  A guy laughed because I took this photo…

When we were walking to our car, I looked up and saw the light shining through the flag…

Fire escapes are an interesting photo opportunity because of their sharp angles and repetitive shapes!

While walking through the crowd, these guys asked me to take their photo…

Have you ever seen a “Redneck Humidor”?

The weather couldn’t have been any nicer…70 degrees and sunny!  The usual rides were there.  I think they look a little out-of-place in a City setting…

There were lots of booths at the Ft. Thomas festival.  Although the town is located right across the river from Ohio, this was my first time checking it out.  Some of the streets were paved with bricks and it was very quaint!

Randy bought me a “Shamballa” bracelet at the festival.  The beads are sewn together using the ancient macrame method.  Shamballa is actually a “place of peace, tranquility and happiness”!  Here are some of the displayed bracelets…

One of our favorite bands was playing at the festival–“The Danny Frazier Band“!  When Randy and I were dating 20 years ago, we used to dance to his music!  He’s the one in the center…

I hope you enjoyed coming along with me for a look at the Cincinnati Oktoberfest and as an added bonus…the Ft. Thomas, Kentucky Festival!

The Germania Society – Cincinnati’s Original Oktoberfest

Yesterday was a fun packed day!  We started by going boating on the Ohio River.  Our boat is old — but it’s fast and fun!  Kinda like us!  I prefer to boat and slalom-ski on the river rather than one of the area lakes because it’s less crowded and the scenery is better.  We’ve been boating on the river for 20 years.  This is in the New Richmond area.

Some of the towns along the river are quaint and picturesque…

We didn’t stay out long because we had plans to go to the Germania Society’s Oktoberfest on the West side of town and meet friends there.  Cincinnati has a large percentage of German heritage residents.  I’ve been to the Oktoberfest that’s held in Downtown Cincinnati quite a few times, but never to this one.  I actually enjoyed it more than the Downtown event.  We hopped on our Harley motorcycle (thank goodness because there were so many people there, you had to park a mile away if you arrived by car) and enjoyed a beautiful ride there.  Randy’s holding my Warsteiner beer (he’s not a lush)…we only drank one…they’re so big!  I’m usually not a beer drinker (I prefer wine) but I really enjoyed this beer and when in Rome!

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Here’s our friend Richard on the left – he’s 6’9″ tall (just like my son) – and doesn’t he look so German and handsome!  The other people are strangers that I requested a photo from…

I went off of my Paleo Plan and had a bratwurst, a few potato pancakes and a funnel cake (that I didn’t get a photo of because I was too intent on eating it)!

Some of the traditional games were there…including “The Rat Game”….nothing like betting on rat races!

There were rides…

Alpine Horn Blowing…

I liked the look of these flags under the large tent…

I love the atmosphere once it’s dark…all of the lights are twinkling and anything is possible!

I’m glad we were able to go to a festival type event this summer!  Hope you enjoyed coming along!!