OKTOBERFEST FUN FACTS

HOW OKTOBERFEST BEGAN:
Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I, married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's Meadow") in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the "Wiesn". 

Dubbed the ‘World’s Largest Beer Festival’, Oktoberfest 2019 in Munich, runs from the end of September through the first weekend of October, and is attended annually by over 7 million visitors from all over the world, and over 7 million liters (14’793’634.93 pints approx.) of beer is consumed during the festival.

So Munich is a little too far? Celebrate Oktoberfest NW at Washington’s Largest Oktoberfest: Oct 4-6, 2019. Since 2004, the German-inspired three-day festival has celebrated German bier, food, and non-stop live entertainment indoors. Rain or shine, the celebration continues!

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WHAT TO WEAR:
The traditional outfits worn at any Oktoberfest celebration include dirndl dresses for the ladies and lederhosen for the men, however, it is not unusual to see women wearing ‘ladyhosen’ - the feminine version of the lederhosen.

Tips for the Ladies: The dirndl dress bow is an unofficial symbol of one’s relationship status. Single: Tie the bow to the left. In a relationship: Tie the bow to the right. Just add a pendant choker, ballet flats and knee-high white socks to feel ‘oh so German’, and for hours of comfortable dancing.

Tips for the Men: Lederhosen, checkered shirt, felt hat, long woolen socks, and comfortable suede boots are a must…just add a cold stein of bier, and a hearty ‘Prost’ to complete the look.

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SONGS OF OKTOBERFEST NW:
Get acquainted with the lively songs and chants of Oktoberfest NW…because you’re going to hear these echoing throughout the Munich Festhalle all day, and into the night… and for weeks after. Prost! Here’s a list of the most popular songs at Oktoberfest NW:

1. Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit - A staple raise your glass and sway along, at Oktoberfest NW. This catchy (call to ‘Prost’) song which loosely translates to ‘a toast to cheer to good times,’ plays often to keep the celebration and cheer plentiful.

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit 
(Ayn praw-seet, ayn praw-seet)
Der Gemütlichkeit 
(Dare g-moot-lich-kite)
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit 
(Ayn praw-seet, ayn praw-seet)
Der Gemütlichkeit.
(Dare g-moot-lich-kite)

OANS! ZWOA! DREI! G'SUFFA!
(AYNS! SVY! DRY! GE-SUFA!

Always followed by ‘Zicke Zacke Zicke Zacke Hoi! Hoi! Hoi! At this point, raise your drink and celebrate!!!

2. Das Esellied (Iha Iha Iha oh) - A fun folk song played by oompah bands, the catchy chorus translates to any language: “Iha, iha, iha, oh.”

3. Die Hände zum Himmel - “Hands to Heaven” is a demand that you wave those hands in the air, which is just what everyone at Oktoberfest NW does to this vaguely Abba-sounding song.

4. Hey Baby! - While not traditionally a ‘German’ song, this remix by DJ Ötzi, remains an Oktoberfest NW crowd favorite. Get your voice ready to shout in unison, “Hey baby! Ooh! Ah! I wanna know if you’ll be my girl.”

5. 99 Luftballoons - Germany’s greatest pop export, Nena’s most famous song (99 Balloons) is a winner at Oktoberfest NW! Dancing to this song…now that’s entertaining to watch in itself.

6. Sweet Caroline - The classic Neil Diamond hit has the crowd chanting ‘dah, dah, dah’ and ‘so good, so good’…louder and louder with each chorus!

7. Fliegerlied - Incredibly popular at Oktoberfest NW due to the fun, yet simple dance moves: there are only 6 to remember, so even if you have two left feet, just follow the crowd.
Here’s a breakdown of the chorus lyrics, and moves…I’m thinking a video tutorial is in order (we’ll get back to you):

- Ich flieg, flieg, flieg (I fly, fly, fly,) - Put your arms out like an airplane.
- Stark, stark, stark (strong, strong, strong) - Flex your muscles! 
- Groß, groß, groß (tall, tall, tall) - Get really tall like a giraffe, although you may see people acting like tigers - we’re not sure why, but hey, as long as you’re having fun!
- Ich spring, spring, spring (jump, jump, jump) - You jump!
- Schwimm, schwimm, schwimm (swim swim swim) - You swim!

…and finally: Ich nehme, nehme, nehme bei dir Hand - Grab the hand of the person next to you - make a friend, perhaps.


So, there you have it. Of course, there’s so much more to Oktoberfest NW, like ‘das bier’, Bavarian Bier-lympics, VIP Experience, Stein Holding Competitions, Wiener Dog Races, Stein Dash 5K, Sports Haus…and the food!!!

See you at Oktoberfest NW 2019 - October 4-6 at Washington State Fair Events Center, Puyallup. Prost!

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