Ober Gatlinburg Celebrates Oktoberfest

October is a month full of activities for Fall including Halloween, pumpkin picking and watching the leave change color; but you can't forget about Oktoberfest.

It's a traditional celebration that started in Munich, Germany but it wasn't a festival at all. It actually was a public celebration of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Bavaria on October 17, 1810. It was held on a large meadow in Munich named Theresienwiese which featured horse races, beer, food, music and dancing. To this day, Oktoberfest is still celebrated but has been modified over the years.

As immigrants from Germany came to North America they brought their traditions which started Oktoberfest here in our part of the world.

This year marks the 200th year that Oktoberfest has been celebrated in Munich and the first year that it is back at Ober Gatlinburg after a 20 year absence.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October Ober Gatlinburg will celebrate Oktoberfest with traditional food, beer, games and entertainment. The entertainment starts Friday at 1:00 p.m with other shows at 4:00 and 6:00 pm.

Catch "The Bavarian Fun Makers Band" in authentic costumes entertaining the crowd and getting everyone involved.

Vice President, Kent Anders says, "It's nostalgic for me this is something that reminds me of when I was young and we've had a lot of feedback from the local community--people that remember the original old Heidelberg Castle and Oktoberfest that we had here "

For more information call 865-436-5423 or visit www.obergatlinburg.com


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