STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Let’s hear it for Oktoberfest!
Originally a citizens party in honor of the October 1810 royal wedding between Bavaria’s Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, its evolved into one of the largest annual seasonal celebrations in the world. In Munich, the locals refer to it as the “Wies’n.” Here in the U.S., it’s about drinking beer and reveling in German culture. However, Lansdale’s version is not only more international in flavor, but manages to be inclusive for children under 21.
“The whole idea is it’s not a beer event — it’s a family event,” commented Lansdale Public Library director Tom Meyer. Lansdale Oktoberfest is a fundraiser for the library.
Held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 in Whites Road Park, off of Whites Road, admission is free and activities include a beer garden with a selection of German beers, food from the Red Cedar Grill in Colmar, German dancers, Chinese dragon dancers, the group Polkadelphia ( a new attraction this year), face painting, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, apple bobbing, potato sack races, a pie-eating contest and a Masskrugstemmen Contest for adults.
Although holding a stein for an extended period of time doesn’t sound difficult, the contest has specific rules for holding height and arm angle, Meyer noted.
Ambler Oktoberfest: This Ambler Main Street event is being held for the 23rd year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 in downtown Ambler, with a beer garden, food vendors, arts and crafts, live music, kids rides and more. The rain date is Oct. 5. Call (215) 646-1000, or join the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/1392729480968478.
North Wales Oktoberfest: North Wales Community Day, which is held 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, includes an Oktoberfest at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 211 S. Main St., with German food, beer, wine and music by Mike Greer & Company and The Friday Night Tequila Club Band. For advance tickets, call (215) 699-4604. For information, visit www.stpetersnorthwales.org. Also see www.facebook.com/northwalescommunityday.
Hatfield Rocktoberfest: Even the Rocktoberfest Car Show & Family Fall Fun Fest on Oct. 4 has a beer and wine garden (hosted by American Legion Post No. 933). Note the new location — John S. Clemens Memorial Park, 500 Fairgrounds Road, Hatfield. Get more information at www.enjoyhatfield.org.
Also, the fourth annual Ardmore Oktoberfest and Family Fun Festival happens 2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at McCloskey’s Tavern on Cricket Avenue.