Monday, October 3, 2011

Oktoberfest - Celebrating our German Heritage

There is a neighborhood in Jefferson City, Missouri that is called 'Old Munichburg' which celebrates it's German heritage.  Settlers from Germany arrived about 150 years ago and congregated in the area around Jefferson and Dunklin streets.  This was the center of the German community and their history is still celebrated every year with an Oktoberfest.
Lederhosen and Dirndl are not required to attend!
Lots of cars to see

This one day event includes vendor booths, a car show, games for the kids, food, music, dancing, beer, grape stomp and the highlight of the day is the dachshund derby (or wiener dog races).   Everyone loves to cheer on the dogs during the races and also spy your favorite costume during the dog costume parade before the races.
Dogs dressed as grapes and a stomping barrel!
Roxie gets ready too run

The Lions club holds a fundraiser grape stomp that has an open entry.  Different teams compete stomping grapes into juice and providing entertainment for the crowds.  All ages are welcome in this event and it is fun to watch the kids get dirty!
Getting their feet dirty at the grape stomp

There are 2 stages with bands, dancers and entertainment.   Areas are provided to sit and rest or imbibe in a cold beverage.  Oktoberfest beers are available (also a few regular kinds), wines from some local wineries and bratwurst too.

The kids area has many games, a bounce house, crafts and a hay maze.  The area has  a one time $3 fee to play all day.  The kids were having loads of fun here and the parents were very happy with the low cost.
Spin the wheel, answer the question, get a book!
Catapult a frog into the moat
Playing in the hay maze
This annual event is a popular one and a fun way to spend a day in Jefferson City.

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