Present day Oktoberfest has more then 5 million attendees each year.  It is a three-week long festival that runs from mid-September through the first week of October.  Traditional German food is served including Würstl (sausages), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Brezn (pretzels), Kasspatzn (cheese noodles), and various Oktoberfest beverages.

 The history of Oktoberfest dates back to October 12th, 1810 in Munich, Germany.  Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese and in order to commemorate their marriage, a great horse race is thrown.  The horse race went over well (I mean really who doesn’t love a festival?!) and it was decided to make the festival an annual celebration.

Unfortunately most of us cannot afford to fly to Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest with them.  Now, UPB and SafeRides have found a way to bring it to us. This Friday, at 9:00pm, on Festival Lawn, JMU is going to have their very own “Octoberfest”.  The activities that will be there include a haunted SafeRide, pumpkin painting, and a costume contest. I hope I win the iPod Touch!  There will also be free food and a cappella performances.  Hope to see you all there!

 ~Kelsey Coffin & Samantha Long, Spirit & Traditions