Monday, September 28, 2009

Oktoberfest 2009

Thanks to Mayor Landwehr, I found out about this little video of the Old Munichburg Oktoberfest. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. And in this case, a video is worth a thousand pictures.

It all went very well--there was rain in the morning, but it had stopped by the time the festival officially began. And for the rest of the day, the weather was pretty much perfect. Just a few gusty winds, and a couple brief sprinkles. Sunny, blue skies.

There was a group of visitors from Muenchberg, our partner city in Bavaria, and they seemed to enjoy their visit, almost as much as Jefferson Citians enjoyed meeting them.

The Lions had their fund-raising grape stomp; the Loehnigs and the Wurstjaegers (I've told you about them before) performed at the traditional music stage.

The organizers are perfecting the event--this year the kids' zone, German music and folk crafts, and the German supper, were all loosely grouped together, while the more raucous beer garden and its blues and rock music, the vendors, and the car show were in another area. I think separating the mellow areas from the rowdier crowd made everyone a little more comfortable.

This year I sensed that the festival workers were in a pretty good mood--busy, but on top of things, and enjoying the day. Which is a good place to be.

And we sold loads of Capitol Brewery tee-shirts, and about a ton of Hott & Asel baloney.

Good day. Good day.

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