5 Interesting Similarities Between Put-in-Bay’s Oktoberfest Weekend and Germany’s Oktoberfest
It’s hard to believe it’s that time again, but autumn is in full swing and that means Put-in-Bay’s annual Oktoberfest Weekend is nearly upon us — this weekend to be exact. Held under tent in DeRivera Park on the corner of Delaware Avenue, the festival is open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturday, October 10 and noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 11.
With the weather shaping up and the leaves starting to turn, we can’t think of a more beautiful place to celebrate Bavarian culture than on South Bass Island. So to pay extra homage to this more than 200-year old tradition, let’s take a look at some of the similarities between Munich’s original and Put-in-Bay’s island version.
The Oktoberfest is the largest Volksfest or People’s Fair in the world — While the size of the two celebrations may differ vastly, we’re pretty sure the Put-in-Bay Island Oktoberfest is the biggest one of its kind on an island in Lake Erie. Sounds right, right?
Both venues hold additional public festivals in the same location — Theresienwiese in Munich is not only famous for Oktoberfest, but houses other celebrations such as the Tollwood Festival and Frühlingsfest. DeRivera Park in Put-in-Bay is quite similar and boasts additional events such as the Pooch Parade, Founder’s Day, Art in the Park and the Reverse Raffle.
Most festival goers choose alternate forms of transportation — While most visitors in Munich choose the Deutsche Bahn, a German railway, most island visitors choose the Miller Ferry to transport themselves across the western basin of Lake Erie. Wink wink.
Both Oktoberfest celebrations are tented — Size certainly isn’t everything, but Munich’s 34 total tents are each seperately named and impressively hold 103,277 festival goers. Put-in-Bay’s on the other hand is also tented, just a little cozier and we like that.
Munich and Put-in-Bay have strict beer laws — Only beer conforming to the “purity order” and brewed within the city limits of Munich can be served at the Munich Oktoberfest, which totals out to six breweries. At Put-in-Bay we like to relax on island time and enjoy whatever beer we think tastes the best. Wait, that’s not a similarity is it?