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Bone up before heading out to local Oktoberfest

OCEANSIDE — Before heading out to a local Oktoberfest this fall you may want to bone up on your knowledge of the event at the Oktoberfest lecture at Civic Center Library Sept. 22. 

German-born Monika Wetter-Parme will share history and traditions of the event and teach attendees how to do the Chicken Dance.

Wetter-Parme and fellow members of the German American Society of San Diego will don traditional costumes and share personal photos of Oktoberfest celebrations in Germany.

Wetter-Parme said the tradition started in Germany more than 200 years ago as a wedding celebration to commemoration the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

The whole town of Munich was invited to attend.

“It was a 17-day-long folk festival,” Wetter-Parme said.

The celebration continued in Munich every year, but is not celebrated in all parts of Germany.

More than 6 million people now attend the celebration that is widely noted for its Belgium beer.

There will not be Belgium beer at the lecture, but there will be recorded German music and fresh apple strudel. Traditional German recipes will also be shared.

The German American Society of San Diego will hold an Oktoberfest at its clubhouse at 1017 S. Mollison Avenue in El Cajon from Sept. 28 through Sept. 30 and Oct. 5 through Oct. 7. The event will include a beer garden, traditional German food, music and dancing.

The club has 300 members. Membership is open to everyone. It is not a requirement to be of German heritage.

The library is holding the Oktoberfest lecture in conjunction with introducing its world language collection that boasts books in 10 different languages including German.

Oksana Radomyshelsky, adult and outreach services librarian, said the books will be of high interest to German speakers and students learning the language.

The lecture and activities will be held in the library Community Rooms at 1 p.m.

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