The long standing tradition of Oktoberfest goes back over 200 years. When King Ludwig was married to 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 happy Royal event. To end the celebrations from the royal wedding on October 17, horse races, presumably thought to have been a repetition of the Scharlachrennen (Scarlet Race), which took place in the 15th century in front of the Karlstor and was part of the Jakobidult, were held in honor of the newlyweds. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.
Now, in 2015, there wasn’t any horseracing to be found but on Saturday October 17th, the Langdon Field House was all decked out to celebrate this historic festival. The Langdon Community Association (LCA) hosts this event, now in its fifth year according to organizer Chrissy Craig, who serves as the Grant Coordinator and Event Organizer with the LCA. Craig says that that ticket sales are pretty consistent each year, this year selling 65 of the 100 tickets that were available for the event.
Polka music was pumped out by way of a DJ and Distinctive Catering provided all the delicious German food for the evening. There was also a costume contest for the most ‘German’ themed get up of the evening with prizes going to those that really came all decked out.