Boyne’s Skitober Fest features Sochi Olimpian, fire breathing performances and more

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Olympian Karly Shorr headlines 6th annual event Boyne Mountain Resort is pleased to welcome 2014 Olympian Karly Shorr as the featured guest speaker and on-snow Rail Jam judge for the resort’s 6th Annual Skitoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Shorr, fresh off her sixth place finish in women’s snowboarding slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, takes the stage at 1:30 p.m. during the event’s Snowsports Expo for a free presentation about her early years riding the slopes of Boyne Mountain and her road to the Olympics.  An autograph session will follow.
The Snowsports Expo is hosted by Olympian and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee Cary Adgate and takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday in the resort’s Civic Center.  The summit also features ski gear, technique seminars, physical conditioning tips, vintage ski movies, and a ski swap benefiting the Boyne City ski teams.
In addition to celebrating the coming snowsports season, Skitoberfest also revels in the best of fall in an Oktoberfest-style setting with an array of entertainment. The event comes alive with acrobatics, fire breathing performances, and activities galore starting at noon.  More than 100 varieties of Michigan beers, wines, spirits, foods and treats are available for tastings and new this year, a food truck gathering further expands the fare. Skitoberfest also offers live street theatre and performances, groomer rides, free scenic chairlift rides, chalk art, a 25-foot climbing wall, family movie, and hayrides.
Kids’ attractions are plentiful including a Northwoods Soda root beer and soda garden, petting zoo, pony rides, bounce house, face painting, inflatables, Burton Riglet Park for 3- to 6-year-olds, and more.
An elaborately decorated Biergarten opens at 2 p.m. with beer, food, and fun. As evening draws, a DJ, dancing, and the Detroit-based band, Soul Street, keep the bash in the Biergarten going well into the night.
The on-snow Rail Jam, an annual crowd pleaser, starts at 3:30 p.m.  Registration is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Expo.
Event goers can also watch a parade with street dancing at 6 p.m., and join the Pray for Snow Bonfire at 7:30 p.m. Admission for all events is free; tickets are sold for tastings and select day-time kids’ activities, and a cash bar is available during the evening entertainment. For a complete schedule of events, visit
A special lodging package is available starting at $185 per person for Friday and Saturday night lodging, 10 tasting/event tickets, commemorative mug, and discount on the purchase of a VIP pass to the Biergarten. For reservations, visit or call (800) 462-6963.