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26th Annual Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest 2018

14th Annual Put-in-Bay Island Wine Festival
September 7, 2018

How to Have the Best Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest Ever

Oktoberfest is the greatest party of the entire year. New Year’s Eve wishes it were Oktoberfest.

While there are certainly other times of the year one can drink great seasonal beer, Oktoberfest is the only time you can drink it while wearing lederhosen and not be mocked.

Anyone can go to an Oktoberfest celebration and have a good time, but only the well-informed can have the best time ever. If you’re headed to Put-in-Bay’s Oktoberfest celebration this year, we’ll give you the lowdown on how to have the most fun.

A Sort of Good Looking King Marries a Somewhat Somber Princess.

To understand the history of Oktoberfest we have to travel all the way back to the year 1810, when King Ludwig the I, married Princess Therese on October 12th. As everyone knows, a royal wedding is cause for throwing a fancy celebration, and that’s just what the citizens of Munich did.

Besides having a parade, the celebration included horse racing and drinking beer, better known to some of you as liquid gold. The party was such a hit that the citizens of Munich decided to keep throwing it year after year. Finally in 1819, Oktoberfest was declared an official annual event.

But perhaps the more important date in Oktoberfest history is that of 1892, when the good damen und herren of the country got the idea to serve beer in gigantic glass steins. The festivities have never been the same.

Luckily for the global population, Oktoberfest has been adopted all over the world, including throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. But the best Oktoberfest celebration happens right here in Put-in-Bay, Ohio.
If you’re headed to the festivities this year, here are some tips on how you can have the best Oktoberfest ever:
Try Different Beer
Don’t be that guy or gal that has blinders on their beer glasses. Why commit to just one beer all weekend when we will have over 12 different beer options from local breweries?

Just remember to drink responsibly. Also drink and polka responsibly.

Eat Way, Way, Way Too Much
German food is a hardy food; a food that was made to be eaten in large quantities. If it wasn’t, it would be tapas.

Where else but Oktoberfest is it even remotely okay to eat six large pretzels for dinner? Where else but Oktoberfest can you say, “Give me a large Schweinebraten” and not be taken outside by security?

If Schweinebraten’s not your thing, you may be interested in eating way, way, way too much potato salad, sausages or strudel. They’ll be plenty of delicious German food you can’t refuse at the festivities this year.

Whip and Nae Nae Like No One’s Watching
Along with beer there will be music, and the two combined can often be hit or miss. While it will be mostly traditional German music playing over the weekend, that never stops a true drunken reveler from boogie-ing to a different beat.

Who says you can’t do the dab or Washing Machine to a constant um-pah-pah um-pah-pah? You go ahead and dance like no one’s watching. If, however, your teenage son or daughter happen to be watching, you will be disowned.

Learn Helpful German Phrases
You never know when it might come in handy to know some German phrases. Here are some to get you started:

Where’s the Miller Ferry? Wo ist die Miller Ferry?
Where’s the Jet Express? Wo ist der Jet Express?
I lost my golf cart. Ich habe meinen Golfwagen verloren.
This isn’t water. Das ist kein Wasser.
Let’s get a tattoo. Lass uns ein Tattoo machen.
I can’t feel my pinky. Ich kann meinen kleinen Finger nicht fühlen.
That bratwurst is huge! Diese Bratwurst ist riesig!
Go find your father. Geh und finde deinen Vater.
That was the best time ever. Das war die beste Zeit überhaupt.

Come and Celebrate Put-in-Bay’s 26th Oktoberfest

1993 was a pretty epic year. NASA lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft, the Beanie Babies were launched, 2 scientists cloned the human embryo, and the original Jurassic Park hit theaters.

But perhaps the bigger event of that year was Put-in-Bay’s very first Oktoberfest celebration. Though times and hairstyles have changed, what hasn’t changed are the time and dedication given by local business owners and government officials to put on the very best weekend-long party possible.

The 26th anniversary celebration promises to be the biggest and best yet! Come and enjoy hot spiced wine, cold beer and delicious food including brats, potato pancakes, apple dumplings, stuffed cabbage, pierogi, cabbage and noodles, schnitzel, pies and German Chocolate cake provided by Put-in-Bay Chamber Member Restaurants.

Yes, there will be live polka and German music and German dancers to entertain both days. We’ll have fun activities for the whole family including a traditional tapping of the keg, junior and adult grape stomping competition, and the blowing of the alp horn.

Ich hoffe, alle dort zu sehen! We hope to see you all there!
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