Oktoberfest in Berea, Ohio

The video from Labor Day Oktoberfest in Berea, Ohio (2006) shows some staples of German tradition like castles, Bavarian cuckoo clocks, beer steins and dachshunds.

From Wikipedia: The original "Oktoberfest is a two-week festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany during late September and early October. It is the world's largest fair, with some six million people attending every year."

Labor Day Oktoberfest in Berea, Ohio is at the grounds of Cuyahoga County Fair.

Sand castle by Carl Jara. Carl's goal over the Labor Day weekend was to create a 15-foot tall replica of Bavaria's Neuschwanstein castle.

Beer Steins. A beer stein is a traditionally German beer tankard or mug, usually with a hinged lid and levered thumblift. The lid, which technically distinguishs a stein from a mug, started out as a sanitary measure. During the summers of the late 1400s, central Europe was repeatedly overwhelmed with swarms of flies. This soon led several principalities to pass laws requiring food and beverage containers to be covered (text source: Wikipedia).

Beer Steins.

From Wikipedia: "Beer plays a central role in the fair. A special Oktoberfest beer is brewed for the occasion, which is slightly darker and stronger, in both taste and alcohol. It is served in a one-liter-tankard called Maß.

Visitors also consume large quantities of food, most of it traditional hearty fare such as sausage, hendl (chicken), käsespätzle (cheese noodles), and sauerkraut, along with such Bavarian delicacies as roast ox tails.

One of the biggest talking points among citizens of Munich in the lead up to the Oktoberfest each year is how much a litre of beer will cost. In 2006 the official price range is between €6.95 and €7.50."


Labor Day Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Beer stein from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dachshund from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Related reading:

A Frugal Guide to the Iowa State Fair (or Any Similar County or State Fair). The Simple Dollar, 08/2008.
Oktoberfest in Munich 2008: Gadling readers chime in with some tips. Jeffrey White, Sep 18th 2008.
The sad state of German beer culture - Slate Magazine, 2011.
Oktoberfest: 5 delicious styles of German beer - Slate Magazine, 2011.
The world's best miniature railways - Telegraph UK http://goo.gl/oZHcv
Celebrate the Wurst Oktoberfest Ever | Whole Foods Market http://buff.ly/P4H7VW
Celebrate Oktoberfest All Year Long at Epcot’s Biergarten « Disney Parks Blog http://buff.ly/P4HfF1

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