If you’re like a lot of people in Germany, the month of October means only one thing to you: Oktoberfest. Even if you’re not German, you’ve probably at least heard of Oktoberfest and that’s because it’s the world’s largest fair and it’s held every year in Munich. But Americans like to get their Oktoberfesting on as well, and in pretty much every major city from late September into early October you will find some local fairs featuring lots of beer, pretzels, sausages, and cabbage.
The very first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 to celebrate a royal wedding and it’s been going on ever since — it’s only been canceled 24 times in over 200 years due to a little pesky cholera and war. And to think, 200 years later you can get into my local Oktoberfest with a Groupon.
So, although this celebration seems like a strictly adult endeavor, especially given the extra high alcohol content of German beer, most Oktoberfest fairs have family days where they cater to kids with music and parades and rides and carnival booths. Oh, and accordion players. What kid doesn’t love accordion tunes?
So grab the whole family and head over before time runs out! And just to get you in the mood, here are 25 crazy things you’d only see at Oktoberfest. Enjoy.
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