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40th Denver Oktoberfest: Bier and Swift Lederhosen

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The final Denver Oktoberfest began last Friday in the Ballpark Neighborhood, with a swing of the mallet and a hearty chug of endless steins; and will come to end this weekend as lederhosen sprints for the white tape. Those who wish to showcase their cardiovascular prowess can do so this Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Denver Oktoberfest Das Hustlehoff 10k run, while those lacking in lung power can participate in the 5k instead.

This Denver Oktoberfest will mark the 40th anniversary and could be the last as the Larimer Arts Association has announced that the company will no longer be hosting the event. “We have passed on the news and hopefully another event planning company or organization will take over the festival so that Oktoberfest can continue in Denver,” said Larimer Associates spokeswoman, Erika Sauerwein. “Our main goal was to bring as much fun to the festival this year as possible, so to send Oktoberfest off right.”

This year’s Oktoberfest boasts some impressive numbers as events and entertainment venues are various and infinite. There will be nearly 75,000 cups of beer and 7,500 bratwursts served; whereas 750 volunteers, 75 dancers and musicians slake the half million event attendees’ thirst for amusement and sustenance.

Oktoberfest will be continuing this weekend between 20th Street and 22nd Street on Larimer Street in the Ballpark neighborhood. The festival’s hours are: Saturday at 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Those who are interested in participating in the Das Hustlehoff should visit: www.oktoberfestdenver10K.com.  For more information on the festival in general, visit: www.oktoberfestdenver.com.  Parties interested in extending the life of the festival and taking over the responsibility of putting on Oktoberfest next year, can call Larimer Associates at (303)534-2367.

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