Donktoberfest 2018

Please join us for the third annual Donktoberfest at the beautiful Bold Rock Cidery meadow along the Rockfish River in Nellysford, Virginia. Admission is free, and a portion of Bold Rock Hard Cider sales that day will benefit rescue donkeys. Donkeys will be there manning the photo and kissing corral, mingling with the crowd, and several more will be on hand for donkey hugs.

What is Donktoberfest?

Donktoberfest is a new twist on the traditional fall festival with a uniquely East Coast feel. Instead of beer as the focus, Bold Rock Hard Cider takes center stage. Donkeys provide the fun. And, live donkeytonk music is the new norm. Food trucks supply dining options, and craft vendors and activities are available throughout the day.

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New this year …

Parade of Donkeys and Costume Contest – Donkeys in costumes, what could be cuter!  Willie Donka in LiederhosenWatch them parade around the beautiful Bold Rock meadow before arriving in front of the band stand.  Audience voting will determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards .. but they will all be winners for participating!

Donktoberfest Donkey Dash – This fun, 1 mile trail is entirely on the grounds of Bold Rock Hard Cider.  Run, walk or stroll the course, with or without your donkey.  Don’t have a donkey?  No worries – we will have loaner donkeys on hand so you can see how fun it is to interact with them on a little “Hee Haw Hike”.

Donktoberfest Donkey Dash graphic w hatKiddy Corral – Because the big donkeys can intimidate the little people, we have a group of mini-donkeys, mini-horses and even a mini-mule that the kids will feel more comfortable interacting with.  There will even be a face painter on hand to help the kids fit in with the little donkeys.


Special guest – “The Burro Man” mark with wild jackMark Meyers, founder and CEO of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.  Mark is a published author, professional photographer, and founder of the countries largest equine rescue.  He will be signing his wild burro prints, autographing books, and will even be our official photographer for the day. Be sure to ask him about the Wild Burro Project.