Successful 39th Annual Brush Oktoberfest – The Fort Morgan Times


  • The 14th edition of the Oktoberfest Sled Pull took place on Friday, September 24. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Guests chat and admire the cars before the sled pulling event. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Officials from the National Sled Pullers Association (NSPA) guide a truck onto the scale to be weighed before competition. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • 70 vehicles took part in the 14th Oktoberfest Sled Pull on September 24. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Members of the crowd watch the contestants compete against each other in the Mini Sled Pull. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Crowds show up on Friday night to watch the 14th annual Oktoberfest Sled Pull at the fairgrounds. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Crowds show up on Friday night to watch the 14th annual Oktoberfest Sled Pull at the fairgrounds. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • The Brush Lions Club serves food throughout the weekend. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • The Juke Joint Cruisers give a concert Friday night at Memorial Park. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Randy Watson is the lead singer and guitarist for Juke Joint Cruisers. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Juke Joint Cruisers drummer Lee Lipstrew also sings backing vocals. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Mike Boyce of Juke Joint Cruisers plays the base standing. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • City Council member Dana Sherman (right) presents the results of the dog show. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • A dog named Oliver wins the costume contest with his banana split set. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Dancers from Candy’s Dance Academy in Brush and Vicki’s School of Dance & Gymnastics in Fort Morgan take the stage for the Saturday morning performances. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Dancers from Candy’s Dance Academy in Brush and Vicki’s School of Dance & Gymnastics in Fort Morgan take the stage for the Saturday morning performances. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Dancers from Candy’s Dance Academy in Brush and Vicki’s School of Dance & Gymnastics in Fort Morgan take the stage for the Saturday morning performances. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Dancers from Candy’s Dance Academy in Brush and Vicki’s School of Dance & Gymnastics in Fort Morgan take the stage for the Saturday morning performances. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Dancers from Candy’s Dance Academy in Brush and Vicki’s School of Dance & Gymnastics in Fort Morgan take the stage for the Saturday morning performances. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • 70 vendors attended the 39th annual Brush Oktoberfest event. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Oktoberfest guests line up for German pastries called Grebble, as well as local dishes like Snake Pit BBQ. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Oktoberfest guests admire the admissions to the Auto and Motorcycle Show. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Oktoberfest guests admire the admissions to the Auto and Motorcycle Show. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Children enjoy bouncy houses and games throughout the day. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Members of the Brush Lions Club announce the raffle winners. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Oktoberfest guests listen to the announcement of the raffle winners. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • The Midnight Buzz Band will perform on Saturday, September 25. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • The Midnight Buzz Band plays classic rock music while Oktoberfest guests listen and dance to the beat. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • The Midnight Buzz Band performs in front of a crowded tent on Saturday, September 25. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Dressed in her German costume, Suzanna Spears (far left) volunteers to help sell beer during Oktoberfest. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Wayne Appelhans & The Dutch Hops perform polka at the VFW building. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • The couples listen to Wayne Appelhans & The Dutch Hops as they enjoy dinner. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • The couples dance to polka music from Wayne Appelhans & The Dutch Hops. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

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.


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