Thanks to all for a fabulous weekend!
OktoBEARfest was held Saturday, October 30, 2010, from 10-4 at Black Bear Lodge. A record crowd of approximately 1,500 people came to OktoBEARfest to join in the fun! There were activities for all ages, including live German music by Jim Pekol and his Orchestra. Brats, all-beef franks, kraut fritters, and German potato salad were available in the Bear’s Den Bar & Grill, along with full bar and German beer selections. Freshly baked German bread in a variety of flavors was also available for purchase. Food and beer proceeds will be donated to the Vilas County Historical Museum in Sayner, home of the first snowmobiles invented by Carl Eliason.
Children’s programs were provided throughout the day and included a pumpkin painting contest, face painting, caramel apple creations, and hula hoop contests. Among the pumpkin painting winners were Tyler, age 31/2 from Yorkville; Brooke, age 9 from Menominee Falls; and Cody, age 11 from Waunakee.
Twenty-eight vendors exhibited their unique art and craft wares in all of the ground-level lodging units at the resort, stretching out over 2,100 feet of lakeshore. Fest-goers could also ride around the resort on a tractor pulled hay ride.
Many craft and door prizes were given away throughout the day with hourly drawings at the Bear’s Den. The grand prize winner of a 2 night stay at the Black Bear Lodge valued at up to $450 was Sandy Wuest of Fond du Lac.
A costume judging contest and meet-the-vendors party with dinner buffet and live entertainment by Mark Wayne finished out the day’s festivities.
Sponsors who helped to make this year’s event such a big success include Camp’s SuperValu Foods, WJFW-TV12 and WRJO 94.50 Oldies Radio.
Mark your calendars for the 12th Annual OktoBEARfest to benefit the Vilas County Museum, scheduled for October 29, 2011. www.blackbearlodge.com/bearfest.htm