OKTOBERFEST!! 2013

Oktoberfest!!! 9-22-2013

 (ok, so we are a little behind…) 

Last night, Rita put on her newly purchased dirndle and I put on my newly purchased lederhosen and we went to Oktoberfest 2013. 

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 (Isn’t the mountain background perfect for this occasion? )

We were joined by approximately another 437,449 others who had done the same thing. Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival which originally started as a celebration for the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig to Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 17, 1810. So why is Oktoberfest held in September, you asked?  Because the weather in Munich is nicer in September than October!  Oktoberfest is known to the Germans as, “Wies’n” which is a shortening of “Theresianwiese” which means “Therese’s Meadow” where the First Oktoberfest was held.  Today, as you know, Oktoberfest is a beer festival attracting in excess of 7 million visitors a year.  It is held at the same place since 1810 and it is spread out on over 100 acres of land. 

 To get a feel for Oktoberfest, you have to picture the Indiana State Fair, Halloween, a Fall Festival and a FIJI kegger all being held at the same time in the same place.  There are carnival games and rides.  There are food booths galore selling every imaginable kind of german food, including ham hocks, red cabbage, white sausages, wienerschnitzel, fish, chicken, roast pork, dumplings, spetzl, noodles and pancakes.  There are people walking around in dirndle’s and lederhosen costumes.  Then, of course, there is lots and lots of beer. There are 14 LARGE beer tents which hold up to 8450 people that are sponsored by breweries.  Beer is served in 33 oz. mugs, about 3 beers, and must be 6% alcohol by volume. Beer consumption exceeds 1.8 million gallons during the festival.

 Rita and I had arranged 9 months ago to get tickets to a beer tent so that we would be guaranteed an assigned seat. Everyone else that goes is with general admission and fights for a seat.  Our tent was the Braurosl Tent.  It has a full band playing drinking songs and a yodeler.  The assigned seats are around the four sides on the first floor and upstairs on each end of the two sides of the tent.  The general admission seats are in the middle of the tent.  Everyone stands, sings, and drinks from 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM.  There are many people who have had way too much to drink, particularly those people under 30.  The barmaids or waitresses can carry up to 10 mugs at a time.  It is an amazing thing to see! Here’s a picture of some of our new friends we made!

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We are glad we went.  It was fun to watch the Germans relaxing and enjoying themselves.  We would probably not do it again, but who knows?  The next morning right in front of our hotel there was a 2.5 hour parade of bands, horse drawn beer wagons, and 60 groups representing different areas of Bavaria and wearing their respective traditional costumes. 

 Today, we are wrapping up our trip to Europe by blogging, posting photos, shipping things home we do not need and preparing to head to Turkey, our first stop in Asia.  Please pray that Turkey will remain safe for us, and our travels.  We love you and miss you. 

 Rita and I want to send special birthday wishes to Melissa (turned 36 on 9/19) and Bob Weaver, Missy’s husband, who turns 36 TODAY!  Happy Birthday Bob!!  Wish we were there to give you a BIG HUG, OH, BUT WAIT… You have no arms and no legs!!!! 

Enjoy your B-day today. 

Norm  & Rita

Oktoberfest, what a celebration!! We had a great time!

We actually drank some of this at another venue!

We actually drank some of this at another venue!

Big beer wagon!

Big beer wagon!

Yep! Another beer wagon!

Yep! Another beer wagon!

Another area from Germany! There were 60 in all.

Another area from Germany! There were 60 in all.

Every area from Germany was represented in their original costumes.

Every area from Germany was represented in their original costumes.

Beer wagon in parade!

Beer wagon in parade!

And their OX!

And their OX!

Yes, they do love their reindeer around these parts!

Yes, they do love their reindeer around these parts!

Oh Deer me!!!

Oh Deer me!!!

Another great tent!

Another great tent!

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Looks like a great spread for all of us to enjoy while we watch the parade!

Looks like a great spread for all of us to enjoy while we watch the parade!

Here's David, Rita's new friend, he's 24 from California... just a kid, but we all got along great!

Here’s David, Rita’s new friend, he’s 24 from California… just a kid, but we all got along great!

Whoah... A lot of people enjoying the day and night!

Whoah… A lot of people enjoying the day and night!

Band taking a break and drinking a beer between sets!

Band taking a break and drinking a beer between sets!

Get your Gingerbread heart here!

Get your Gingerbread heart here!

Front row seat for this little gal, in her everyday wear!

Front row seat for this little gal, in her everyday wear!

Mini Kegger purse, it actually pours out beer for people watching the parade.

Mini Kegger purse, it actually pours out beer for people watching the parade.

This was set up on the outside of our hotel for us while we watched the parade.

This was set up on the outside of our hotel for us while we watched the parade.

More of the party people..

More of the party people..

All the lovely people...

All the lovely people…

Better view of our tent.

Better view of our tent.

One of the largest tents, holds over ten thousand people!

One of the largest tents, holds over ten thousand people!

Nice welcome sign for all of us festival goers!

Nice welcome sign for all of us festival goers!

Here is our tent! Yeah we found this too with no problem!

Here is our tent! Yeah we found this too with no problem!

The band is in the middle of the tent.

The band is in the middle of the tent.

WOW! What a crowd, and this is going on in 14 other tents for 16 days!

WOW! What a crowd, and this is going on in 14 other tents for 16 days!

PROST!

PROST!

View from our table, ONCE WE FOUND OUR TABLE... LOL!

View from our table, ONCE WE FOUND OUR TABLE… LOL!

9 thoughts on “OKTOBERFEST!! 2013

    • Sib, Yes, that is REALLY ME!! The beer tents stay open until about 4 in the morning, so you could stay there all night! We certainly had a blast there, but if we were younger, I’d would have bet on us dancing on top of the tables, or at least I would have for sure! Rita

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    • Tell Tony, all thy guys where the lederhosen over here on a daily basis, not just for Oktoberfest! We see them in church on Sunday, in the grocery, at the outdoor cafes serving beer, everywhere… common get up in Germany! Rita

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    • We’ll do our best on posting. Sometimes the internet is really slow and we get discouraged b/c it takes so long. We are going to Istanbul, not near the south east where there is trouble. Rita

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  1. Sounds like a lotta fun. You certainly look the part. Rita you especially look fetching. we love following you. armchair adventurer is what we are.

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