Mr. Lighthead

Oktoberfest (Sep. 20th – Oct. 5th)

Posted on: September 27, 2008

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The Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day festival held each year in Munich, (Bavaria, Germany). It starts late in September and lasts up to early days of October. It is one of the most famous events in the city and the world’s largest fair, with some six million people attending every year.

History

The first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.

By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over “die Wiesen” or the fields much longer without feeling chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.

(via: oktoberfest.de)

Oktoberfest in numbers (2007)

  • Area: 103.79 acres (0.42 km²)
  • Seats in the festival halls: ca. 100,000
  • Visitors: 6.2 million
  • Beer: appr. 6,940,600 litres (126,900 litres non-alcoholic)
  • Wine: 79,624 litres
  • Sparkling wine: 32,047 litres
  • Coffee, tea: 222,725 litres
  • Water, lemonade: 909,765 ½ litres
  • Chicken: 521,872 units
  • Pork sausages: 142,253 pairs
  • Fish: 38,650 kg
  • Pork knuckles: 58,446 units
  • Oxen: 104 units,
  • Expenditure of electricity: 2.8 million kWh (as much as 14% of Munich’s daily need or as much as a four person family will need in 52 years and 4 months)
  • Expenditure of gas: about 205,000 m³
  • Expenditure of water: about 90,000 m³ (as much as 27% of Munich´s daily need )
  • Waste: 678 t (2004)
  • Toilets: about 980 seated, more than 878 metres of urinals and 17 for disabled persons.
  • Telephones: 83, also for international credit cards.
  • Lost property: about 4000 items, among them 260 pairs of glasses, 200 mobile phones, a wedding ring and two crutches.

(via: Wikipedia)

Mr. Lightheads’ comment: “What could we ask more from a festival – beer and babes.”

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