It’s the last few weeks of Oktoberfest at Snowbird. The German tradition has been held in the Utah resort for decades.
Each weekend starting in August through October, Snowbird hosts Oktoberfest at the resort. It’s an annual event that started in Germany more than 200 years ago, and has been a tradition in Utah for more than 40 years.
Rick Schwemmer, the mayor of Oktoberfest and master of ceremonies, described the event: “For 46 years now, is how long we’ve been going strong at Snowbird. It’s been kind of great to celebrate this traditional festival of southern Germany of Bavaria of Munich. It’s been happening since 1972 here at Snowbird, and it’s been fabulous. It started out so small with a group of dedicated Germans who wanted to do something to celebrate their culture here in Utah.”
People from all over the world come to the Utah Oktoberfest and have had the opportunity to spend time with their friends and family.
Rick continued, “It started out with maybe 50 to 60 people in a couple of weekends. Now, we are 10 weekends strong. 60,000 people come to Oktoberfest here at Snowbird every year.”
Kyle Goldstein, a vendor at the festival, stated, “I come up here to Oktoberfest because I love the atmosphere. People are just happy up here. We’re up in the mountains. It’s just a great atmosphere.”
Oktoberfest provides food, live music, dancing, contests, and fun for both children and adults.
“It’s just a fabulous place to be! It’s beautiful. The leaves are changing. There’s stuff for the kids to do, stuff for the adults to do. It’s just a great place to come and enjoy,” said Rick.