Oktoberfest is a festival centralized around German culture. The festival was in Downtown Terre Haute at the Clabber Girl Festival Marketplace, September fifteenth through the seventeenth, and admission was free. It is made to resemble the world’s largest fair in Munich, Germany. Music, food, and dancing were just some of the activities that they had.
The main focus of the true Oktoberfest in Germany is on beer. Of course the beer garden at our local festival draws in a crowd as well, although many of the beers here were from America.
In Germany the beers are carefully selected and put through many test in order to be included in the fair. They also had many German foods to choose from. Bratwurst, schnitzel, Saeurkraut, and German potato salad were some of the choices. A Wiener schnitzel is a breaded veal cutlet that is fried in butter or oil to a golden brown. I relate it to tenderloin. Many people get the bratwurst, or sausage usually cooked in beer, and eats it with the sauerkraut, or finely shredded sour cabbage, on it.
One of the more interesting parts of the festival is the live music. The bands this year were Eddie Korosa Jr. and the boys from Illinois, and St. Louis Express. The music they played was polka music. The band members and many people walking around the festival were dressed in traditional German attire. The males wear what is called lederhosen, which usually consists of leather shorts and suspenders. The females usually wear what’s called a dirndl. A dirndl was actually the uniform of the Austrian servants that includes a blouse, skirt, and apron. There were many people dancing to the live music. It was pretty fun watching them dance. There were even some people selling Oktoberfest souvenir ten dollar t-shirts for a scholarship program.
Overall this was a entertaining and enjoyable experience. Although it is not as large as the real festival in Germany, it is still exciting to see everyone embracing other cultures traditions. I would recommend this festival to anyone!