Oktoberfest Event Planned for Fair Barn
In October 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria married Princess Theresa. The official festivities lasted five days and included parades, music, eating and drinking. The festivities ended with a horse race held on the green.
In 1811, an agricultural festival was added to the horse race. In 1818 swings and a big tent were added. Beginning in 1896, the first of the huge beer tents became a joint venture of the large Munich proprietors. Until today, only vendors from Munich are allowed to sell beer at Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest is the biggest fair of the world, and it's known worldwide.
Somewhere along the way, the horse races, the agricultural shows and the like have disappeared, but the eating, drinking and dancing to the wonderful German music still continue. Why does Oktoberfest start in September? Due to the cool weather in Germany, the organizers decided it would be better to start it on the third week of September, ending in October.
This year Oktoberfest will come to the Fair Barn in Pinehurst on Saturday, Sept. 23, beginning at 6 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be available to enjoy the entertainment that includes The Gootman Sauerkraut Band, which is under the direction of Jerry Goodman.
"Join in for a fun-filled evening of eating and dancing along with traditional German beverages in the ambience of an authentic Bavarian Fest Haus," says a spokesman.
Tickets may be purchased at The Country Bookshop or Brat's European Bistro, both in Southern Pines, and Tufts Archives or Kings Collectibles, both in Pinehurst, for cash sales, or at The Pinehurst Village Hall at 295-1900, for credit card purchases.
Tickets are $15, or $20 at the door. (Ticket prices do not include food and beverages). Two prizes will be awarded, one for the individual and one for the couple that show up in the best costumes.
Under the direction of Vic Fichman and his committee, the Make-A-Wish Foundation will benefit from the sale of beverages.
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