Oktoberfest is this Weekend at Sugar Mountain!

We have been swamped with updates and things that we are posting to the new website, and I promise our new staff is loading events and content in so fast that I cannot keep up!  We’ll be back at it on Monday AM, but we didn’t want to let this weekend’s Oktoberfest at Sugar slip past us.

We’ve been to this great event every year for the last several seasons and it is always a blast.  The weather looks a little "iffy" early in the AM hours on Saturday but the rest of the day and Sunday look to be pretty nice.  We’ll be out and about walking the grounds and drinking an adult beverage or two on Sunday so if you see us say "hi".

Here’s the particulars (compliments of the Avery Chamber of Commerce data submitted to us)

Grab your beer stein, put on your lederhosen and head to Sugar Mountain Resort for the 18th annual Oktoberfest celebration Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11, 2009.

Experience beautiful fall foliage; cool, comfortable mountain temperatures, and a weekend full of activities from 10 am until 5 pm each day. Be sure to bring the kids because the event is for the whole family. Admission and parking are free. Rain or shine the festival will go on!

It isn’t Oktoberfest without the sounds of an Oom Pah Band. From noon until 4:00 pm both Saturday & Sunday the 15 piece Harbour Towne Fest Band guarantees to bring the sounds, dances and enthusiasm of Bavaria to Sugar Mountain.

Bavarian cuisine, including Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Sauerkraut and pretzels will be available starting at 11:00am both Saturday & Sunday. To help wash it down, an ample supply of Spaten beer will generously flow each day until 5:00 pm. Spaten Oktoberfest beer, created in 1872, is the world’s first Oktoberfest beer, brewed for the greatest folk festival in the world, the Oktoberfest! If Bavarian cuisine isn’t your preference; hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, cotton candy, kettle corn, caramel apples, and other festive foods will be on hand.

Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and a panoramic view of the North Carolina High Country, Southern Virginia and Eastern Tennessee from the mile and a half long chairlift ride to Sugar’s 5,300 ft peak. Everyone, even mountain bikers are welcome to ride the lift.

The children’s activity center, located in the Ski School Play Yard will keep your youngsters entertained each day from noon until 4:00pm. The children’s activity center includes bounce and play stations, hay rides, and a chance to meet Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear. Cotton candy, popcorn, caramel apples, homemade cookies and drinks are also available in the children’s activity center. All ages are welcome to participate.

An array of artisan’s and craftspeople open their stands at 10:00am each day. A sampling of this year’s country craft fair vendors include: hand-crafted Adirondack chairs, wooden toys, quilted items, oil paintings, stain glass, handmade furniture, dolls, ceramics, honey, beeswax candles, jewelry, home-made baked goods, jams & jellies, bird houses, and much more. For those interested in becoming a vendor please call 828-898-4521 x262 or log onto www.skisugar.com/oktoberfest to find a downloadable vendor invitation and vendor reservation form.

Shop for the upcoming fall and winter seasons at Sugar Mountain Resort’s Sport Shop located on the first level of the main lodge building. Much of the past season’s inventory will be 30-50% off with new 2008-09 winter merchandise available as well. Take advantage of great buys from last spring’s limited Spyder Sample Sale where 2008-09 Spyder sample merchandise is 30% off suggested retail.

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Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain

Spend the weekend and take advantage of 25 percent discounts for on-mountain lodging. For details and contact information please go to www.skisugar.com/oktoberfest. Rain or shine, the festival will go on! For additional information or if you are interested in volunteering please call Sugar Mountain Resort’s administrative office at: (828) 898-4521.

Happy 40th to Sugar Mountain

Sugar’s celebrating their 40th anniversary this season and the ski shop will offer 50% off all 2009 and older winter apparel and footwear ONLY during the two-day Oktoberfest. All accessories including, but not limited to goggles, gloves, hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts and all other souvenir items will be excluded from the 50% sale.

2010 winter merchandise will also be available at regular retail. Commemorative Oktoberfest as well as Sugar Mountain Resort 40th Anniversary t-shirts and souvenir items can also be bought in the sports shop or under the tent on the main celebration deck.

Save 10% by purchasing your 2009-2010 Sugar Mountain Resort season pass by 4pm on October 14, 2009!

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