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Yodel Lay He Ho: Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain Resort Gunther Jochl, longtime leader of the Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, likes to share a little of his heritage every autumn with visitors and residents of the High Country. A native of the Austrian Alps, his adopted home in the North Carolina Mountains has proven a worthy American surrogate for winter sports and summer hiking. And as another winter looms over the landscape of a brilliant mantle of autumn leaves, Sugar Mountain provides the perfect stage for an Oktoberfest celebration. The two-day festival, now in its 22nd year, returns Saturday and Sunday October 8 and 9 and as always, admission is free. The ski lodge will be humming to the beat of the always outstanding 15-piece Harbour Towne Fest “Oom Pah” Band, filling the air with the authentic music of the Alps. The food service opens at 11am each day serving up Bratwurst, Knockwurst, sauerkraut and pretzels. Beer from the world’s oldest brewery, Spaten, shares center stage with the revelry. Spaten introduced the first Oktoberfest brew in 1872, and Jochl imports an ample supply of the seasonal production. Hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes and other festival foods and beverages provide alternatives to bolster the Bavarian fare. A colorful array of pottery and folk art in glass and wood by local and regional artisans will be displayed. Custom made furniture, wooden crafts, and local and regional authors will be on hand. Special appearances by the internationally acclaimed Avery County Smooth Dancers and the Mountain Laurel Cloggers add an Appalachian energy to the festival. Home-made bake goods, funnel cake, kettle corn, jellies, and even locally made pasta and sauces flavor the Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest celebration even more. Youngsters will have their own playground in the Childrenís Activity Cen-

Carolina Mountain Life Autumn 2011 —


Carolina Mountain Life Magazine: Autumn 2011