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Fall fun in Cochise County

The communities in Cochise County are gearing up for visitors. Every fall they host fun, unique events: wine tastings, home tours, cycling events, garden tours, art festivals and more!

Here’s the September lineup:

Sept. 5, 45th Annual Brewery Gulch Daze, Bisbee

Events such as the “Miz Old Biz” contest and the new Belt Sander Races make up this unique event celebrating Bisbee’s past. Once home to more than 20 bars and brothels, Brewery Gulch was one of Bisbee’s liveliest avenues. Brewery Gulch Daze features a pancake breakfast, pet parade, chili cook off, recycled art show and kiddie carnival games. Look for the waiter/ waitress relay races, always good for a giggle. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee.

Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5 in Old Bisbee. For more info, call 520-432-3554 or 1-866-2BISBEE.

Sept. 4-6: Rendezvous of Gunfighters, Tombstone

Gunfighter groups from throughout the U.S. compete in this weekend event. In addition, there will be a costume parade on Sunday on historic Allen Street.

Free admission. Call  520-457-9317, 1-888-457-3929 or www.tombstonechamber.comfor more info.

Sept. 10 & 11, Bisbee Plein Air Competition Weekend & Bisbee Bloomers Garden Tour

Artists are invited to Bisbee to paint the picturesque hillsides of Tombstone Canyon and the Mule Mountains of Southeastern Arizona. Meet Arizona’s many Plein Air painters and take advantage of a well-organized and beautiful venue to share and sell your work. On Sept. 11, tour Bisbee’s delightful gardens as residents open their yards to the public. A shuttle bus will be available.

Garden Tour tickets are $10 and are available at the Bisbee Visitor Center. Call 520-432-3554 or 1-866-2BISBEE for information on each event.

September 23-26, Cochise County Fair, Douglas

Enjoy carnival rides, 4-H demonstrations, livestock auctions, collegiate rodeo, bull riding, food concessions, retail booths, animal exhibits, arts and crafts, and live entertainment.

Details: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday at the Cochise County Fairgrounds, Leslie Canyon Road in Douglas, AZ. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for seniors (age 60+) & children (age 6-17); children up to age 5 get in free.

Info: Cochise County Fair Association, 520-364-3819 or www.cochisefair.org

Sept. 24, 22nd Annual Elks Oktoberfest

Authentic German food and music, games for kids, dancing. Wine and beer available. 4-10 pm. Free.

Details: 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Elks Lodge, #1 Elks Lane in Sierra Vista. Admission is free, beer is extra! Info: 520-458-2065

Sept. 25, Bisbee Blues Festival

The Fourth Annual Bisbee Blues Festival will feature live blues. This year’s artists are Tab Benoit, Shemekia Copeland, the Rhythm Room All Stars, Train Wreck and The Hounds. Food and beverages will be available.

Details: 11a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 at Warren Ballpark in Bisbee. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more info contact the Bisbee Visitor Center at 520-432-5421 or 1 (866) 2BISBEE or visit http://thebisbeebluesfestival.com/

Sep. 30-Oct. 3 Rex Allen Days, Cowboy Hall of Fame Ceremony & Banquet

The Cowboy Hall of Fame is the kick-off for the Rex Allen Days celebration. Western fun, Willcox style, this event honors their hometown hero. Rex Allen gained fame as a singer, cowboy movie star and narrator for Walt Disney Productions. This year will celebrate 59 years of Rex Allen Days, and the 2nd Annual Western Legends Award will be presented. Activities for Rex Allen Days include a parade, rodeo, General Orlando B. Willcox International turtle race, cowboy dances and country music concerts featuring Rex Allen Jr., Johnny Western and Jimmy Fortune. 

Details: Held at the Willcox Community Center. Admission varies per event. For more info, contact the Rex Allen Museum at 520-384-4583 or the Willcox Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture at 520-384-2272.

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Beer! A German Oktoberfest experience in Sierra Vista

What major fun-filled event involves imbibing massive quantities of beer and eating mountainous amounts of bratwurst? A clue – do you know the tune to the drinking song “Ein Prozit. Ein Prozit, Der Gemutlichkeit”? 

Naturally, you conjure images of huge beer tents where dirndl-garbed beer maidens hoist a dozen or more one-liter mugs of amber lager at the world-famous Oktoberfest in Munich. I just learned that these beer-maidens earn about $3,500 (and huge arm muscles, no doubt) for their waitressing skills during the 16-day festival. I wonder how much the lederhosen’d musicians make? 

Back to topic. Munich is the place, but if you don’t have the time or funds to zip over to Munich, then come to Sierra Vista to enjoy our Oktoberfest. 

It’s certainly on a smaller scale, after all how many places can accommodate the almost 7-million visitors that swarm into Munich?  But, the fun and festivities are authentic as are the outstanding food choices.  In my opinion, that goes back to the German word “Gemutlichkeit.” Many say that it doesn’t have an exact translation into English — it’s congeniality, conviviality, good cheer and such.  After having experienced Oktoberfest in Munich, I think it’s all that and more.  It’s the freedom to show one another warmth and friendliness.

I clinked many a stein with folks, whose names I never learned, in the Munich beer tents, as I have at the Sierra Vista Oktoberfest. I’ve sung off-key with many more during the same celebrations. More than the drinking, the swaying, the singing and the eating, it’s fun. Sierra Vista has a large German-American community who annually share with us their most convivial tradition. And you’re invited.

Personally, I’m on a continued quest to decide if I prefer the bratwurst or the schnitzel. 

If you don’t know why Oktoberfest is celebrated or better yet, why it’s called Oktoberfest and held in September, just read on.  In October of 1810, nearly 200 years ago, Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig I (later King Ludwig I) married Princess Therese. And let the celebrations begin! That year, the festivities lasted a mere five days. But five days is not nearly enough time to enjoy the music, the singing, the eating and of course, the drinking. So as the years and the centuries went on, the festivities lasted longer and began earlier to take advantage of the nicer weather in September. So, currently, the 16-day celebration takes place up to and including the first Sunday in October.  

Come, hoist your beer stein, link arms and sway to the music, or even sing along, eat some bratwurst and enjoy the feeling of Gemutlichkeit at the Sierra Vista Oktoberfest on September 12 & 13 in the Veterans’ Memorial Park.

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