6+ Million Visitors At Octoberfest 2019

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By:  Millie Jameson Seven Lakes News Reporter

Almost summer temperatures, 3.3 million guests, satisfied showmen and culinary delights – that is the conclusion at halftime of the Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest boss Clemens Baumgärtner was happy about a relaxed and beautiful Oktoberfest and also police and fire brigade speak of a quiet course so far. This is celebrating at a high level. Clemens Baumgärtner summed up with the motto …quality instead of quantity… is reflected, for example, in the feel-good atmosphere and the late summer weather.

According to the festival management, on Sunday  a total of about 3.3 million guests came to the Theresienwiese, 250,000 of them to the Oide Wiesn (2018: 240,000).

The locals celebrate together with guests from Australia, China, Canada, Japan and the USA. And the rest of Europe was also well represented with Great Britain, Austria, Norway, Italia and Switzerland. 

Almost summer temperatures, 3.3 million guests, satisfied showmen and culinary delights – that is the conclusion at halftime of the Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest boss Clemens Baumgärtner was happy about a relaxed and beautiful Oktoberfest and also police and fire brigade speak of a quiet course so far. This is celebrating at a high level. Clemens Baumgärtner summed up with the motto …quality instead of quantity… is reflected, for example, in the feel-good atmosphere and the late summer weather.

According to the festival management, on Sunday a total of about 3.3 million guests came to the Theresienwiese, 250,000 of them to the Oide Wiesn (2018: 240,000).

The locals celebrate together with guests from Australia, China, Canada, Japan and the USA. And the rest of Europe was also well represented with Great Britain, Austria, Norway, Italia and Switzerland. 

The trend in food is towards quality enjoyment – regional, vegetarian and vegan products are increasingly in demand this year and the Mittagswiesn is also well received. The guests were certainly hungry as 72 oxen were eaten in the Ochsenbraterei.

The high-tech innovations in the rides are just as well received as the traditional Oktoberfest attractions. A total of 1010 police missions and 465 criminal offenses have taken

place so far. 220 drunkenness offenses because of E-Scooters were reported in the city area. 

The origins of the festival began when Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields have been named Theresienwiese („Theresa‘s fields“) in honor of the Crown Princess ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the Wies‘n.

Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. 

Our local Octoberfest will take place in Pinehurst on October 26th and will return to Tufts Memorial Park.

The evening kicks off with Kinderfest from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, a fun festival for children and families to enjoy. There will be games, crafts, and a Halloween costume show-off.  

Following Kinderfest, we’ll have traditional Oktoberfest activities from 6:00pm – 9:00pm featuring German music, a stein-holding contest, and stein relay races. 

Traditional German food and beverages will be available to purchase throughout the day!

By:  Millie Jameson Seven Lakes News Reporter

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