The 39th annual Brush Oktoberfest took place on the last weekend of September and drew quite a few people, with some participants traveling over 100 miles to attend.
The highlight on Friday night was the 14th annual Oktoberfest Sled Pull, hosted by the National Sled Pullers Association (NSPA) at the fairgrounds. Guests tasted beer and kids while viewing 70 hooks in the Sled Pull and Mini Sled Pull categories. The Juke Joint Cruisers closed the evening with a concert at Memorial Park.
Saturday morning marked the start of a busy day. Brush city council member Dana Sherman hosted the first event of the morning, the dog show. Some owners dressed their dogs like lobsters or split bananas to participate in the costume party. Others showed their dog’s best tricks or shiny coats. Almost all of the participating puppies won prizes, most of which were donated by local Morgan County pet grooming and supply stores.
The dog show was followed by several dance performances by students from Candy’s Dance Academy in Brush and Vicki’s School of Dance & Gymnastics in Fort Morgan. In addition, about 70 vendors sold crafts, snacks and a wide variety of other items at their kiosks. The children had fun with inflatable houses and games.
The Auto and Motorcycle Show had 47 entries and awarded many of these participants “Best of Show” plaques. (To see the “Best of Show” winners or to view a digital tour of the Oktoberfest event, visit Brush Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.)
On Saturday evening, the Brush Lions Club announced the winners at his raffle. Lions Club and Rotary Club members sold tickets for weeks and ended up raising $ 12,000 for the Sands Theater.
Later that evening, the Midnight Buzz Band played classic rock music as families and friends dined and drank beer together, some even getting up to dance.
Those who didn’t hear the Midnight Buzz might instead have been in Brush’s VFW building to listen and dance to the polka music of Wayne Appelhans & The Dutch Hops.
The Brush Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank its Oktoberfest sponsors, in particular title sponsor McDonald Toyota Fort Morgan, for their support and generous contributions. Sponsors included: Ricky Hinojos’ U.S. Family Insurance Agency, Buildings By Design, Hometown Auto and Hardware, Town of Brush !, Banner Health, Bank of Colorado, Brush Meat Processors, Cargill, A & R Automotive Service, Colorado Land Company, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), Hertneky Vision Source Optometrist, Morgan County Colorado Tourism.