Chamber’s first Oktoberfest set for this weekend
BULLHEAD CITY — Don’t trust your calendar if you find yourself at Bullhead Community Park on Saturday — trust your nose.
The former will tell you it’s still September, but the latter will make it clear that it’s Oktoberfest.
As the 185th Oktoberfest is underway in Munich, the first Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce event will go live.
Bullhead Area Chamber Executive Director John Pynakker said the event has been in the works for about a year.
There will be a beer garden, featuring Sam Adams and San Tan Oktoberfest beer, along with food vendors.
“They’re allowed to make what they want,” Pynakker said. “But we’re trying to focus on German foods.”
Among planned offerings are pretzels, bratwurst and streunada, along with some higher-end German specialties, like North Sea cold water lobster rolls, Wolfsburg pork ribs with sauerkraut and Berlin pork schnitzel with bratkartoffeln by ChefPT Enterprises. Shiver River and The Drifting Bistro will also be hawking their culinary fares.
More than 30 non-food vendors will be on hand for shopping and information. Interested parties can still register to be a vendor by contacting the chamber.
Kid & Nic, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Class Act, 4 to 9 p.m., will complete the festive atmosphere, Pynakker said.
“The Anderson Ford of Bullhead City and Jenner’s Home Furnishings Entertainment Stage will be festive and loud with live music going on all day,” said Melody DuMouchel, event chairperson. “There are so many exciting things going on at this event.”
At 6 p.m., things will move closer to the Colorado River, for a beach party with music by DJ Loke.
The Fatburger Kid Zone will include five bounce houses (including a water slide) and bungee jumper, provided by Suzie’s Bounce House, face painting, petting zoo and puppet show. Wristbands will be available on site.
All Out Motorsports will have a display raising funds for the Fort Mohave Shop with a Cop program.
There also will be a cornhole tournament at 3 p.m. and beer stein holding contest at 6 p.m.
“How long can you hold a 32 ounce glass stein, in both hands, straight out,” asked DuMouchel. “Oh, and they’re filled, too.”
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and includes contests like best-dressed pet and best dog tricks, benefitting the Food Four Paws Pet Pantry.
The event is a Chamber fundraiser and the major sponsors are Dot Foods, Inc., River Valley Air Conditioning, News West Publishing, Murphy Broadcasting, Fort Mohave Indian Tribe, Baron Security Services, Hospice Compassus, Mohave State Bank and Perkins Family Restaurant.
“The City of Bullhead has been a tremendous help in this event,” DuMouchel said. “We honestly could not do as much as we are doing without the support of Dave Heath and the City.”