It’s almost time for Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest began in Munich, Germany in October 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. For five days, the citizens of Munich were invited to eat, drink, and enjoy parades, music and horse racing. Anniversary celebrations were held annually and became more elaborate; an agricultural show, carnival booths, a carousel, and other mechanical rides were added over the years. Oktoberfest celebrates Bavarian culture and is held from the third full weekend of September through the first Sunday of October. The festival grows every year: over 7 million people are expected to attend in 2018!
In honor of Oktoberfest, here are some interesting facts about the world’s most famous beer festival:
- Visitors to Oktoberfest consume over half a million roast chickens, 115,000 pork sausages, and 7 million liters of beer
- Drinking at Oktoberfest can only begin when the mayor of Munich, the master of ceremonies, taps the first barrel of beer and announces “O’zapft is” (it is tapped)
- Since Oktoberfest is a celebration of Bavarian traditions, the only beers (or “Oktoberfestbier”) served come from six breweries in Munich
- The lost-and-found at Oktoberfest includes passports, cell phones, and wallets, but some more unusual items include wedding rings, dentures, wheelchairs, and a Segway
- Oktoberfest has been cancelled 24 times, mostly because of wars and cholera epidemics
- Don’t try to steal a beer stein as a souvenir; every year, over 100,000 steins are confiscated and returned to their respective beer tents
- Cincinnati hosts the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States
Green Tree’s very own Octoberfest will be held this weekend, September 15th and 16th, at Green Tree Park. There will be a car cruise, a petting zoo, live entertainment, appearances by Iceburgh and the Pirate Parrot, plenty of delicious food, and so much more! The library will have a booth there, so make sure to stop by and say hello! You can play a game of cornhole, make a craft, and learn about the services and resources that the library has for you. We hope to see you there!