Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival, and is annually held in Munich, Germany. It is a 16-day party, and typically will host 6 million people, who consume approximately 1.5 million gallons of beer, 200,000 pairs of pork sausage, and 480,000 spit-roasted chickens during this two week event. Oktoberfest first began in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese.
This lasted for five days, but year after year became larger and larger, and even more detailed than it once was. Horse races would mark the end of Oktoberfest, and in later years gave rise to annual festival. In the early years of Oktoberfest there were sack races, tree climbing competitions, wheel barrow races, eating contests and goose chases. In 1870 they began to include mechanical rides and roller coasters.
In 1896 they replaced the typical beer stand like you might see at a fairground with a beer hall. Oktoberfest is held around the world, but the true Oktoberfest is in Munich, Germany. It begins the third week of September and will last until the first Sunday of October.
Although we did not have beer on campus, Saturday, October 29th the Millersville University German club hosted an Oktoberfest right here on campus. The Upper Deck gladly served some traditional Oktoberfest food, featuring; Gurkenslat (German cucumber salad,) Beschwipster Huhn (Drunken chicken,) German Rotkohl (Red cabbage,) Knockwurst w/ Sauerkraut, Kasepatzle (Spaetzle,) Hot soft pretzels with dipping sauces (caramel or mustard,) and a few other dishes as well. The German club also had traditional live music, games and fun as well.
Many people attended, and enjoyed traditional food, music, and much laughter! It was a great afternoon filled with fun and games, laughter, and many friends. We hope to see this next year as the annual Oktoberbest keeps getting bigger and bigger.