Party in the canyon; Rocktoberfest in Springdale a smashing success; STGnews photogallery

Contestants in a German dress contest at Rocktoberfest in Springdale UT, Oct. 26, 2013 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News

SPRINGDALE — Nuzzled up in the cliffs at the entrance of Zion National Park, an Oktoberfest-like party with all sorts of marrymaking took place over the weekend. Rocktoberfest, hosted by the Zion Canyon Village, included two days of eclectic music, unique non-traditional entertainers, and that characteristic Springdale vibe. This family-friendly event was chock -full-of amusement for kids and pleasure for adults

Nate Wells, festival coordinator and General Manager of Zion Canyon Village said that he and other staff of the business in Zion Canyon Village got together and came up with the idea for an Oktoberfest themed festival and suggested it to the Springdale City Council.

The planning crew wanted to follow the Springdale vibe and plan an event that was one-of-a-kind for Southern Utah. “It’s a much different vibe from St. George,” Wells said.

The Rocktoberfest was originally meant to highlight live music, but ended up incorporating comedians, fire dancers, hula dancers, costume competitions, and tube races.

“There is a good history of cool events like this in Springdale,” Wells said. “Springdale has it’s own vibe and we just wanted to be a part of that”

With autumn weather and fall colors, this couldn’t be a better way to end the Zion season. Even though business in the typically seasonal town of Springdale will be slowing down this month, many of the establishments that supported Roktoberfest hope to continue business through the winter. “Send the message that Springdale, and Zion Canyon is a year around destination,” Wells said.

Rocktober fest won’t be a one time deal. “We feel like this year has been an absolute success,” Wells said,  “so we’ll definitely want to continue it and maybe make it into something bigger.”

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A traditional German Umpah band performs at Rocktoberfest in Springdale Utah, Oct. 26, 2013 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
A traditional German Umpah band performs at Rocktoberfest in Springdale Utah, Oct. 26, 2013 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
Belly dancers perform at Rocktoberfest in Springdale UT, Oct. 26, 2013. | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
Belly dancers perform at Rocktoberfest in Springdale UT, Oct. 26, 2013. | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
Contestants in a German dress contest at Rocktoberfest in Springdale UT, Oct. 26, 2013 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
Contestants in a German dress contest at Rocktoberfest in Springdale UT, Oct. 26, 2013 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
Belly dancers perform at Rocktoberfest in Springdale UT, Oct. 26, 2013. | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
Belly dancers perform at Rocktoberfest in Springdale UT, Oct. 26, 2013. | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
Pumpkins entered into carving contest at Rocktoberfest in Springdale, UT, Oct. 26, 2013 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
Pumpkins entered into carving contest at Rocktoberfest in Springdale, UT, Oct. 26, 2013 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
Event coordinators, Syrina Dickinson, Manager of the Zion Canyon Brew Pub and Nate Wells, General Manager of Zion Canyon Village at Rocktoberfest in Springdale, UT, Oct. 26, 2013. | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
Event coordinators, Syrina Dickinson, Manager of the Zion Canyon Brew Pub and Nate Wells, General Manager of Zion Canyon Village at Rocktoberfest in Springdale, UT, Oct. 26, 2013. | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News

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Contestants in a German dress contest at Rocktoberfest in Springdale UT, Oct. 26, 2013 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
Contestants in a German dress contest at Rocktoberfest in Springdale UT, Oct. 26, 2013 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News

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2 Comments

  • Bev Lowe October 27, 2013 at 10:22 am

    The ‘Weekend’ is Saturday-Sunday. Is this still going on???

    • Mori Kessler Mori Kessler October 27, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Unfortunately Rocktoberfest concluded Saturday evening.

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