Sunday, September 20, 2009

September 12, 2009: Oktoberfest in Red Lodge, MT!

Oktoberfest comes early to Red Lodge, Montana... by October, the weather is already too cool for an outdoor festival in the park whereas September weather is beautiful... at least it was this year! I've included a few photos of the festival which are probably only of interest to those pictured... but we didn't really do much else on the day of the festival. A good time (too good a time?) was had by all as we drank an Oktoberfest brew (by beermeister Sam of Red Lodge Ales) or two or more, ate bratwurst, knackwurst, German potato salad and danced to the music (early in the day... oompah... later in the day... blues and rock and roll provided by the Firehouse Band of Billings, MT).

Victoria in German dress
The dirndl I'm wearing was purchased on EBay for about half what 'authentic' German online clothing merchants wanted... it was fun to dress for the occasion.
Hillary and Vanessa
Beer maidens Hillary and Vanessa on break from serving beer.
Betsy and Mom Millicent
Mayor Betsy with Mom, Millicent, modeling the hat awarded to the Oktoberfest Queen elected each year.
Wyatt on a mission
One of the youngest Oktoberfest participants dressed in authentic costume... Wyatt was later voted Oktoberfest king for 2009...
Maryvette throwing the keg in keg bowling
Keg bowling was just one of the games for Oktoberfest... here Maryvette throws for what she hopes will be a strike (it wasn't) as the crowd watches.
Lindsey in German dirndl
Lindsey in her authentic German dirndl... one of the organizers who helped make Oktoberfest a smashing success again this year.
Sam of Red Lodge Ales
Sam, beermeister and owner of Red Lodge Ales...
Victoria and Mike dancing
This photo of us dancing to the Firehouse Band at Oktoberfest was provided by one of the people we met that day...

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