A day of German food, family fun and plenty of beer is right around the corner as Oktoberfest takes place on Sept. 23.
Hosted by the Highlands Ranch Community Association, the day begins at 9 a.m. with a 5K at Town Center South, 9352 Dorchester …
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Hosted by the Highlands Ranch Community Association, the day begins at 9 a.m. with a 5K at Town Center South, 9352 Dorchester St. Participants are encouraged to wear lederhosen, along with walking or running shoes. From 2-10 p.m. is a celebration with authentic German food — hot dogs, pretzels, sausage, mustard — Paulaner beers, live music and kid-friendly games.
The annual dachshund races begin at 3 p.m. sharp. Owners can register their pups from 2:30-3 p.m. The best-dressed dachshund will receive a prize. Then, starting at 5 p.m., guests can participate in a German Ninja Warrior Competition with an obstacle course and prizes.
The day is a “family-friendly cultural experience” for the Highlands Ranch community, said Jamie Noebel, the HRCA's director of community relations.
Oktoberfest originated in Bavaria, Germany in 1810 as a wedding celebration of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The royal couple invited the citizens of Munich to celebrate the festivities, which concluded with horse races, according to History.com. The celebration grew to include games, rides, music and beer. Today, the festival, held in Munich, Bavaria, is the largest in the world with more than 6 million guests, according to a German tourist webpage. The holiday begins in late September and lasts until the first Sunday in October.
Highlands Ranch gets a taste of Oktoberfest one day of the year. Aurora-based Helga's German Restaurant and Deli provides the food. The Average German Band and dance band Deja Blu provide the tunes.
“Join us,” Noebel said, “and celebrate with us right here in the Ranch.”
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