Oktoberfest Provides Entertainment for all Ages

Whether you were riding a mechanical bull, motorcycle, customized car, out for a jog or stroll, or just passed the time in the beer tent this past Saturday, the annual Oktoberfest provided entertainment for everybody in the area. Southeast Colorado enjoyed another ideal weekend of weather, great for outdoor activities this past October 4 and 5.  A number of residents spent time at the annual Lamar Community College Antelope Stampede, including 80 to 100 Old Cowboy Alumni who came back to Lamar for a visit with classmates.

Youngsters took turns on inflatable rides, the mechanical bull or the bungee bouncer which got kids sky high for a few moments on East Beech Street adjacent to the Lamar Chamber of Commerce.  A ride through the Enchanted Forest on the pickle barrel train was available through the day and local bands, Little Wing and Judi, provided some rock and roll and country hits for the crowd, while the Ark Valley Wind and Percussion Ensemble entertained with easily recognized selections on the Forest stage.

Vendors offered their wares and collectibles, while various civic organizations displayed community information. Business in the beer tent picked up as temperatures climbed into the mid 70s through the afternoon.  Motorcycle riders challenged each other for skill, control and dexterity on the obstacle course set up on East Beech Street in front of the Lamar Chamber of Commerce.  Riders also raised donations with their 18th Annual Fun Run for Toys for Tots which had their collection point set up on the street.  Each year, donations go directly to the cost of providing toys for under privileged youngsters in the county.

Close to 100 participants, dressed in some fashion of pink, stretched their leg muscles prior to the annual Beers and Brats for Boobies 5k Run/Walk up to Willow Creek Park.   Many entrants displayed the name of a person they were running to honor attached to the back of their shirts.  Depending on the age of the runner, there was a drink of either a beer or root beer and a brat waiting for them at the two finish lines.  Each year proceeds generated by the fun event are given to the local cancer support group, Southeast Colorado Cancer Initiative.

By Russ Baldwin

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