It’s almost time for Octoberfest! Octoberfest (or “Oktoberfest,” in the proper German spelling) 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. Octoberfest celebrates Bavarian culture and is held from the third full weekend of September through the first Sunday of October. The festival grows every year: about 6 million people are expected to attend in 2017!
20% of Americans claim German heritage, so it’s only natural that Octoberfest celebrations take place all over the United States. Cincinnati is the proud host of the largest Octoberfest celebration in the U.S., with about 500,000 people attending each year. Attendees will partake of 3,600 pounds of sauerkraut, 23,000 pretzels and 80,000 bratwurst and enjoy a race of 100 dachshunds dressed like hot dogs, known as the “Running of the Wieners.”
Green Tree’s very own Octoberfest will be held this weekend, September 16th and 17th, at Green Tree Park. There will be a chili cook-off, a kickball tournament, a car cruise, a petting zoo, live entertainment, 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 basketball, purchase a tote bag from the Friends of the Library, and learn about the services and resources that the library has for you. We hope to see you there!