Georgia Has One of America’s Best Oktoberfest Celebrations
Oktoberfest originated in Munich, Germany, in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Ludwig I, Prince of Bavaria, to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. According to the History Channel, it began with horse races and later added an agricultural fair and food stalls. In the 20th century, beer halls became a part of the festival. Today, Oktoberfest is celebrated widely in the United States, usually from late September to early October. It brings together people from various backgrounds to enjoy traditions, festivities, contests, dancing, music, parades, and traditional German food.
USA Today’s, 10Best compiled a list of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the country. They had a group of experts put forward the nominees. Then, their editors narrowed it down to the final ones. From there, readers got to have their say and vote on the ultimate winners.
Helen Oktoberfest Ranks Number 7
Helen Oktoberfest holds the seventh position on the list. Known for hosting one of the nation’s longest-running Oktoberfest celebrations, the town of Helen stretches its festivities from September through October. Attendees can enjoy samples of German ale and sausages accompanied by live music. The event started on September 7 and will run through October 29 at 1074 Edelweiss Strasse in Helen. This year marks their 53rd annual Oktoberfest.
“Alpine Helen’s Oktoberfest celebrations have been going on for more than 50 years, involving multiple weeks of traditional dancing, food, and beer from September through October,” wrote Explore Georgia. “Revelers dress in traditional attire, lederhosen, and dirndls while dancing to the polka. Find out for yourself what makes this tradition so unique by planning your own trip to the event!”
Ranked Number One
Cleveland Oktoberfest in Ohio has been ranked as the number one festival on their list. It’s recognized for its rich ties to German culture, which are highlighted during Oktoberfest. According to the ranking’s description, the event not only features the participation of the city’s top breweries but also offers live music, delicious pub-style cuisine, and an extensive array of activities, including car shows and wiener dog racing.
Take a look at the complete list here.
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