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Oktoberfest comes to Springville for year 12

SPRINGVILLE—For the 12th year, Germany is coming to Springville with the annual Oktoberfest. Running from 2-11 p.m. on Sept. 30, the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Oktoberfest will blend authentic traditions with a little modern fun.

The German Oktoberfest began in 1810, after the Bavarian crown prince Ludwig married Princess Therese from Saxony-Hidlburghausen. On Oct. 17, the National Guard organized a public horse race, signifying the welcoming of the Bavarian people to partake in the wedding celebrations. The following year, the Bavarians celebrated an agricultural festival, which is still celebrated every three years. The first beer tents showed up in 1896, and more than a century later, the celebrations became popular in the United States.

The multi-day event eventually moved to the end of September, to allow for better weather. Today, the last day of the festival is the first Sunday in October, with 17 days of celebration if the first Sunday is Oct. 2, and 18 days if Sunday is Oct. 3.

Traditionally, the incumbent mayor taps the first keg, signifying the start of Oktoberfest.

That tradition made its way to Springville, with Mayor William Krebs tapping the keg at 2 p.m. Following the keg tapping, music will be played by the Springville Jazz Band, Mumbo Gumbo, Joe Wagner Band and The Frankfurters. Two stages will host the musical acts, with the Jazz Band and Mumbo Gumbo playing from 2-5 p.m.; Joe Wagner Band and The Frankfurters will take over from 6-10 p.m. The night will end with a firework display.

For the foodies, authentic German food will be available. Ranging from Spar’s European sausages, bratwurst and brat burgers from the Springville Meat Shoppe, to homemade German potato salad, pretzel sticks and fried pickles, there will be something for everyone. Bakers can submit their dessert for the Apfel Dessert Contest. More than a dozen craft beers and local wines will be poured in the beer tent.

Lawn games, including giant beer pong, will be spread throughout the grounds for guests, as well as raffle drawings and a 50/50. Prizes include a learn-to-ski package, courtesy of Kissing Bridge and a golf package from Springville Country Club. The second annual Running of the Wieners will pit weiner-dressed contestants against each other for a chance to win prizes. Show up in your Best German Costume to add to the fun.

Back again this year is the Southtowns German Car and Motorcycle Show, sponsored by Northtown Porsche & VW of Orchard Park. Check out the vehicles from 2-5 p.m.

Springville Oktoberfest will be Saturday, Sept. 30 from 2-11 p.m. at Fireman’s Park, 70 Nason Blvd. There is no entrance fee. For more information, to help sponsor the event or volunteer, email director@springvillechamber.com.

Oktoberfest historical information was gathered from OktoberfestNorthAmerica.com, MunichOktoberfest.com, Germany-insider-facts.com and Muenchen.de.

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