Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Guten Tag! Ich hoffe, dass Sie einen wundervollen Tag haben!

The Leavenworth Oktoberfest is underway; having just completed the first of its three weekends! Being of German descent, I feel it's appropriate to offer you some true Oktoberfest history.
German Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held each year in Munich, Germany, running from late September to early October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world's largest fair, with some six million people attending every year, and is an important part of Bavarian culture. This year will be the 176th annual Oktoberfest commemorating the tapping of the first barrel of Oktoberfest-beer! How's that for tradition!!!

The Munich Oktoberfest, traditionally, takes place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival will go on until October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival is now 17 days when the 1st Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. The festival is held on an area named the Theresienwiese (field, or meadow, of Therese), often called d’ Wiesn for short.
Visitors also eat huge amounts of traditional hearty fare such as Hendl (chicken), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Haxn (knuckle of pork), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstel (sausages) along with Brezeln (Pretzel), Knödeln (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkraut (red cabbage) along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a fatty, spiced cheese-butter concoction) and Weisswurst (a white sausage).

The original "Oktoberfest" occurred in Munich, on October 18, 1810: For the commemoration of their marriage, Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen (namesake of the Theresienwiese festival grounds) organized a great horse race (the marriage took place on October 12; the horse race on October 17 — therefore, there are different dates named as being the first Oktoberfest).

The Oktoberfest is known as the Largest Volksfest (People's Fair) in the World!

Leavenworth Oktoberfest
This year is the 11th annual Oktoberfest in Leavenworth!

Projekt Bayern, a nonprofit organization created to promote and enhance the Old World Bavarian theme throughout the city of Leavenworth and its surrounding region, came up with the concept of an authentic Oktoberfest celebration in 1998. The first Leavenworth Oktoberfest was held in October 1998 which was attended by about 400 people. The next year the attendance grew, and entertainment was brought in directly from Germany. The festival continued to grow each year and in 2003, a second weekend was added and two bands were brought in from Germany in addition to may performers from the US and Canada. By 2005 attendance had grown to 10,000 and the Leavenworth festival was ranked as one of the top Oktoberfest celebrations in the Country.
Over the last 11 years the Leavenworth Oktoberfest has continued to grow. What started as a single weekend has now grown into 3 full weekends with 3 Venues of activities that the entire family will enjoy. It's time to come out and show your German side in your Dirndl or Lederhosen at the Leavenworth Oktoberfest. There's still two weekends of fun and entertainment! Here's what to expect:
  • Oktoberfest hours are Fridays 5pm -1am and Saturdays Noon-1am.
  • Non-stop live entertainment including two bands direct from Germany (and the CHICKEN DANCE!)
  • Saturdays Noon- Bavarian Parade followed by the Keg tapping ceremony at 1pm.
  • Leavenworth Oktoberfest is great fun for the youngsters as well. Kinderplatz is an area dedicated for the kids to play until their hearts are content. You’ll find a rock climbing wall, bouncing toys, clowns and more.
  • Minors are allowed inside the gates until 9pm.
  • Arts and Crafts Vendors
  • Authentic German Food and Beer

Here's a fun drinking song you can take with you to Oktoberfest:

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit (A toast, a toast)
Der Gemütlichkeit (To happiness)
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit (A toast, a toast)
Der Gemütlichkeit. (To happiness)

Hope to see you there this weekend!

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