Chilly Weather Deters Crowds at Oktoberfest

Keeping Warm with a Cool Beer

You plan on an event a year away and hope for the best weather, but in southeast Colorado it’s always a toss up.  By noon on Saturday, October 7, the downtown thermometer was stuck on 42 degrees and hardly marked any upward progress.  The Friday evening and overnight rains, coupled with the low temperatures on Saturday, hindered the usual flow of people for the annual Lamar Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest and beer garden at the Enchanted Forest.   

The Linked in Pink, ‘Run for the Boobies’ runners worked up a sweat as they jogged all the way up to Parkview Elementary and back to heighten awareness for National Breast Cancer Month in October.  Decked out in pink tutu’s, guys and gals gave it their all and some ended their trek through Lamar at the beer garden to cool off and quench their thirst.  Renee Beebee of Curves in Lamar said there were about 65 runners in all ages, sexes, shapes and sizes who participated.  

Folks Will Have an Appetite No Matter the Weather

Despite the clouds and chill, those on hand warmed themselves inside and out with roasted corn, bratwurst and burgers on the grill and the usual fare that we’ve become accustomed to during the Okotberfest. 

The Rock Wall was a Little ‘Slippery When Wet’ this Year

Some youngsters, almost always immune to chilly weather, wore only tee shirts as they climbed the rock wall, bungee cord jumped on the trampoline or bounced around in the inflatable rides set up on East Beech Street. 

Heading into the Home Stretch through the Enchanted Forest

Pat Palmer’s ponies provided a short buggy ride around and through the Enchanted Forest, while performers entertained the audience with live music from the stage adjacent to the beer garden in the chamber parking lot.

By Russ Baldwin

*Editor’s Note: The Beers and Brats for Boobies 5K was not organized by Linked In Pink, but rather the Beers and Brats for Boobies 5K Race Committee.   

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