by Amy Li
Bretzeln! Bratwurst! Every year, when the leaves begin to change color, Upper Dublin German classrooms are all abuzz. Oktoberfest is near.
Originating in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, the annual festival began in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. Today, the Munich fairgrounds are packed with amusement rides and games, traditional German foods, served in massive tents. These tents can seat several thousand people at a time, with smaller ones capable of holding a few hundre
d. This isn’t saying much, as upwards of 6 million people descend upon the fairgrounds. This year was the event’s 205th anniversary and took place from Saturday, September 19th to October 4th.
Although the actual Oktoberfest may be over, hundreds of local versions have been popping up over the past few weeks. In Upper Dublin, Ambler’s 24th annual Oktoberfest was celebrated on Saturday, October 3rd. However, the festivities are not entirely over. The Upper Dublin High School Oktoberfest has yet to take place, and German teachers and students are looking forward to celebrating in their own way on Friday, October 9th. Traditional German dishes will be served, including spätzle, pretzels, bratwurst, and more. German students will get a taste of authentic German culture, as they spend the day at Robbins Park, playing games and singing songs. Some may even wear dirndls and lederhosen, traditional German garb.
On the evening of October 9th, starting at 5pm, German Club will continue the festivities by hosting an Oktoberfest celebration at Robbins Park. This event is open to everyone, non-German speakers included. LeeAnn Raynor, vice-president of German Club, encourages, “People should bring their family and friends to get the real Oktoberfest experience.” It’s on the same night as the UD vs. Wissahickon football game, so students can go directly to Cardinal Stadium after filling up on food and laughs. Prost!