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If you’re planning on attending the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest this year, you might want to prepare yourself by learning one of the traditional dances so you can participate fully in the festivities. The dance I am highlighting today? The Chicken Dance. If you have small children, they will most likely know the series of rhythms and moves already, but for those of you over the age of eight, listen for the polka and off you go:

  1. When you hear the first cheeps of the Chicken Dance, run to the dance floor and join the forming circle.
  2. Hold your arms up in front of you, forming beaks with your thumbs and fingers. Open and close your “beaks” four times to the music.
  3. Put your thumbs in your armpits and flap your elbows four times to the music.
  4. Bend your knees and wiggle your hips four times to the music, placing your arms and hands like the tail feathers of a chicken.
  5. Straighten your knees and clap four times, with the music.
  6. Repeat steps 2 thru 5 four times.
  7. Join hands with the person on each side of you and skip around in a circle to the music, reversing the direction of the circle once.
  8. Repeat the entire sequence until the end of the song.

     

    Be sure to practice this at home – you wouldn’t want to get out on the dance floor and look silly!  😉

    Don’t forget that the Oktoberfest ends on October 27,2012 so take advantage of our Oktoberfest Special and book a cabin at RS Vacations today!

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Willkommen!

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of Big Bear’s Oktoberfest. Beer, lederhosen, sauerkraut, polka, and of course, the chicken dance. There’s something for everyone! 

The Big Bear Oktoberfest is a place of fun. In the mood to dance? You’re in the right place! Participate in (or watch) polkas, macaranas, circle dances, the chicken dance and more. There are plenty of Gaudi’s (Hostesses/Hosts) that will teach you. When you’re all polka’d out, take a stroll outside and visit the Budenstrasse (Avenue of the Booths). This area features games and vendors to entertain the entire family. You can even get your palm read! Do you have little ones in your family? The Kinder Garten features bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, airbrush tattoos and carnival games.

Feeling competitive? Enter one of the free contests. Saw a log, hold some steins, or slam an O’Doul’s and enjoy the admiration and fame!

The food at Oktoberfest is varied as well. There is, of course all of the traditional German fare such as brats, pretzels and pickled pig’s feet, as well as the Cafe Americana which has burgers, onion rings, tacos, nachos and more.

And finally, the beer (or as the Germans spell it, bier) .There are two main inside bars and two outside bier gardens – the Warsteiner Bier Garten and the Sports Garten. The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest pours both German and American beers as well as wine, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water and sports drinks.

The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is open weekends from noon to midnight through October 27th.

So book a cabin today with RS Vacations and take part in this fun, fall tradition before it is gone for another year! Don’t forget to pack the lederhosen and bring your stein!!

Auf Wiedersehen!

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