Organizers of Denver’s annual celebration of German heritage think they might have found a permanent home in Downtown Westminster. “We’ve done it in parks in Denver and malls and in Golden,” …
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Organizers of Denver’s annual celebration of German heritage think they might have found a permanent home in Downtown Westminster.
“We’ve done it in parks in Denver and malls and in Golden,” said Bernie Barthel, president of German American Heritage. “We’ve been all over and that was good because people got to know us. But at some point, we want to stay in one place.”
The German American Heritage group hosts their 12th annual festival beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 and 29 in Westminster Downtown’s Central Plaza, at 88th and Sheridan Boulevard. The festival continues until 9 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Sponsored by German brewer Warsteiner beer, the festival features a beer garden with a choice of five Warsteiner beers as well as cuisine prepared by Austrian Chef Andy’s Kitchen. The event features music from four different German bands as well as a Polka band dressed and dancers performing traditional German folk dances.
“I think we’ve found the place now,” Bartell said. “The city has been very helpful and very forthcoming and welcoming.”
This is the first year the group has gone by the German American Heritage group.
“It was GermanFest Denver before this, a non-profit group,” Barthel said. “The reason we changed was that as GermanFest we could get sponsors but not donations. As a German American Heritage we can start getting both sponsors and donations.”
The group is working with Adams County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates, a group that helps children involved in the justice system get help, counseling and representation.
“They would like to come to our festival this year, but they can’t,” Barthel said. “They wanted to come but they are too busy. So we will donate some money to them.”
German American Heritage’s Oktober Fest
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sept. 28
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 29
Westminster Downtown, 8905 Westminster Blvd.
For more information, www.germanfestdenver.com
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