Community Spotlight: Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest is the world’s largest funfair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It’s a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend of October — with more than six million people from around the world attending every year.

Oktoberfest started when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810; citizens prepared for the festival, the royals planned the events to be held on the fields in front of the city gates. Horse races took place in front of the Royal Family would mark the close of the event, that was soon celebrated as a festival for the whole country. The decision to repeat the horse races the following year soon gave rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest.

Today the Oktoberfest in Munich is the largest festival in the world, with an international flavor characteristic of the 20th century. The festivities include the Grand Entry of the Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries, the Costume and Riflemen’s Procession and a concert involving all the brass bands.

However, you don’t have to travel to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest. Here’s where you can celebrate Oktoberfest in Wisconsin:

  • Oktoberfest, sponsored by the Bavarian Club, in Glendale
  • Milwaukee Oktoberfest in downtown Milwaukee
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Oktoberfest in Milwaukee
  • Essen Haus Oktoberfest in Madison
  • Lake Geneva Oktoberfest in Lake Geneva
  • Cedarburg Oktoberfest in Cedarburg
  • Elkhorn Oktoberfest in Elkhorn
  • Wurst Oktoberfest in Madison
  • Old Settlers Oktoberfest in Paddock Lake
  • St. Martin of Tours’ Oktoberfest in Franklin
  • Plymouth Oktoberfest in Plymouth
  • Kohler Falls Oktoberfest in Sheboygan Falls
  • Sheboygan Falls Oktoberfest in Sheboygan
  • Northern Wisconsin Oktoberfest in Chippewa Falls
  • La Crosse Oktoberfest in La Crosse
  • New Glarus Oktoberfest in New Glarus
  • Brewmasters Oktoberfest in Wausau
  • Waupaca Oktoberfest in Waupaca
  • Antigo Oktoberfest in Antigo

Oktoberfest in Wisconsin is one of the top 2014 festivals amongst the other states. Wisconsin boasts a 43.9% of residents with German heritage. With live music, food eating contests, races, and dancing, there’s lot to celebrate in October.

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