Yaktoberfest is a family fun event to celebrate the harvest season with music, great food & Colorado libations.  The event is inspired by the worldwide celebration of Oktoberfest, a time-honored Bavarian tradition which began over 200 years ago. There will be exceptional crafted beer from Colorado’s premier micro-brewery, New Belgium, a great lineup of live music, beautiful dancing women, and delicious food.  The event kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Challenger Golf Course, 4 miles west of Crestone at 10am with activities and music into evening.

aktoberfest will be presenting a great line up of local and regional performers.  Music starts at 11am and runs through 10pm.  Headlining from Boulder is Americana gypsy jazz string band Taarka.

Celebrate the fall harvest  

You can choose from the special festival menu or relax on the deck of the Yak ‘N’ Cracker.  A cornucopia of culinary delights including yak entrees along with vegetarian and vegan dishes from the farm will be available, all organic and GMO-free.  At Chokurei Ranch they raise healthy organic food and related products from field to fork.  Related products include fine art & crafts fashioned from yak wool, hides & pelts.  Chokurei Ranch cares for hundreds of Tibetan yaks, chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs, and llamas.  For the Tibetan people, yak became an intrinsic part of their survival and culture.  Chokurei takes pride in their herd of grass-fed yaks. They graze on native grasses and use no artificial chemicals or hormones. Chokurei’s mission is to be good stewards of the land, the water and the animals. To read more about Chokurei Ranch, please visit their website at www.chokureiranch.com.

Kid’s carnival extravaganza to benefit Kalisama

Yaktoberfest is also a true community celebration.  Chokurei is partnering with Neighbors Helping Neighbors to host a fundraising event for local resident Kalisama (Lisa Micklin).   After several surgeries, she continues her battle with stage four cancer.  Tom Whitehead is organizing “Kali’s Karnival Extravaganza” including a yak petting zoo, lots of fun games, face painting, and a tractor pull hay ride!  There will also be homemade pie by the slice donated by Crestone’s best chefs.   Funds collected from the carnival, along with tax deductible donations, will go to Kalisama’s NHN fund to help support her with medical expenses.

We have vendors

Many talented artisans from around the region will be displaying their arts and crafts for sale, including t-shirts, clothing, hand-crafted children’s toys, jewelry, local pottery, hand-turned wood items and Chokurei’s unique yak crafts, along with services such as massage therapy, Reiki and intuitive readings.

Yaktoberfest will run from 10am to 10pm. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for teens; children under 12 are free with accompanying adult.  Sponsorships and vendor booth applications are still available.  Call Robin for space availability at 256-4533 or 588-5066.   Volunteers are always welcome!  Come lift your steins, dance to the music, and enjoy a day of harvest celebration for the whole family.