Oktoberfest: Any Way You Spell It = Fun



Oktoberfests may bring to mind many large, ornately decorated mugs held by a comely barmaid, filled to the brim with beer.

The complementary festivals of fall may bring on a yearning for carved pumpkins and hayrides.


A scarecrow hastens in Oktoberfest at Payson Florist in the Swiss Village.

You can yodel, play bocce ball, try a new brew on your taste buds, paint a pumpkin, and win a contest, during a variety of Oktoberfests in Rim Country.

Fourth Annual Oktoberfest in the Pines at the Rimside Grill and Cabins

11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6

3720 N. Hwy. 87, Pine

(928) 476-3349

Info: www.rimsidegrill.com

Think you can hold 13 steins at a time?

Then you might not want to miss that contest as Rimside Grill celebrates its fourth Oktoberfest.

"It should be a blast. Last year we had between 1,000 and 1,200 people in one day. Join us for authentic German food," Rimside co-owner, Tamara Logsdon, said.

A single elimination volleyball tournament will start about 2 p.m.

There will also be a horseshoe tournament.

J.D. Madrid will spin songs, help singers with their karaoke choices and direct the yodeling contest.

At 5:30 p.m., Madrid's band will join him on stage. They play a variety of music, from Jimmy Buffet, to CCR to Johnny Cash.

"This is a great show for kids and adults. He plays such a variety of music everybody sings along to it," Logsdon said.

Rimside will be giving away prizes during the day, such as stays in the cabins and gift certificates to the restaurant, as well as gift certificates from local merchants.

Admission is $1.

Warsteiner and Jagermeister are the sponsors this year.

There will be three special Warsteiner beers -- Weissier, the traditional dark Dunkel and their special Oktoberfest beer.

Warsteiner is Germany's largest privately owned brewery. The brewery is located in the Arnsberger Forest and the Cramer family has owned it since 1753.

Jagermeister will be giving away T-shirts, hat, and mugs.

The Jagermeister trademark, a monk beside an antlered stag, comes from St. Hubertus, the patron saint of hunters. Jagermeister is German for "master hunter."

Recipes for a "sexy alligator" and "buttery jager ripple" can be found at: www.jager.com.

Oktoberfest at the Main Street Grille

6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13

202 W. Main St., Payson

(928) 472-6246

Main Street Grille is on our calendar next for Oktoberfest celebrations.

Sam Adams Brewery is co-sponsoring the festival that takes place Saturday, Oct. 13.

"We will have a traditional German menu with brats, pork, sauerkraut, hot German potato salad and of course, Black Forest cake for dessert," manager Tracy Sawkins said.

The beer garden pavilion will be a place to drink beer, sing oompah songs and "break out in the chicken dance or something," Sawkins said.

KRIM, the other co-sponsor is bringing raffles, 50-50 drawings and all kinds of other fun to the event.

Octoberfest at The Merritt Center

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20

99 Haught Road, Star Valley

Info: www.merrittcenter.org

The Second Annual Octoberfest at The Merritt Center is a benefit for the center's returning vets program.

Music begins at 10:30 a.m.

  • The Peaceful Warriors
  • Irish Tenor
  • Poetry, prose and more

Other things to experience during the day:

  • Healing Touch
  • Massage
  • Walk the new labyrinth

Bocce Ball Tournament begins at 11:30 a.m.

(Tournament entry fee is $10 per person, two person teams.)

Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

There will be sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, sodas and water for $2 each.

Raffle and Open Mike is from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Bocce Ball Trophy awards at 5 p.m.

The closing ceremony is at 6 p.m.

This is a fund-raising event for the Welcome Home returning Veterans Program.

The program offers vets techniques to ease the re-entry into their civilian life.

The Merritt Center is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization.

Event parking will be at the Rim Country Mall, Manzanita and Highway 260. Shuttle bus will run every 15 minutes.

Octoberfest at the Swiss Village Shops

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27

Corner of N. Beeline Hwy. and Forest Drive, Payson

There will be fun for the whole family during the annual Oktoberfest celebration at the Swiss Village Shops.

Participating merchants have a host of activities, sales and contests for families to take advantage.

At many of the stores there will be games, hayrides and make-it-take-it projects, including mini-pumpkin painting.

Kiwanis are bringing their bratmobile.

The teenagers in the FFA program will bring a petting zoo.

There will even be a "fish" pond.

DJ Craig will bring on the tunes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Need an early trick or treat?

Find it at Swiss Village.

Bring your already-carved pumpkin from home by 10:30 a.m. and enter it in the carved pumpkin contest.

Vampires, princesses, Cheshire cats, in fact, anyone who wants to win a prize for their Halloween costume may sign up for the contest at 11 a.m. Judging in adult and child categories is at noon.

The Early Ford Club will have cars on display.

The Payson Humane Society will have a pet adoption booth.

"This is our second annual Octoberfest, come and have fun," invited Marilyn Dedman, owner of Payson Florist and Gifts.

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