Parma residents enjoy their Oktoberfest session

September 27, 2013 by  

The German Central Organization located in Parma, Ohio, held the traditional German celebration of Oktoberfest on September 13 and 14.

Oktoberfests are held throughout the country and provide a glimpse into traditional German customs and culture. In Parma’s case, the day included continuous entertainment suitable for people of all ages, as well as an opportunity for visitors to learn about German heritage, culture, music, and dance.

Some of the performers included the Saxon Dancers, Gottscheer Tanz, the Polka Revolution, Hank Haller, the Fred Ziwich Band, the German Central Line Dancers, the Kulturgruppe Dance, and the Donauschwabische Brass Band.

In addition to traditional music and dance, authentic German cuisine was also available. Bratwurst dinners, schnitzel dinners, potato salad, sauerkraut, red cabbage, potato pancakes, and dessert pastries were available thanks to the German Central Kitchen. Knusperhaus provided snacks, while The Pavilion served sausage sandwiches and brats. Pizza was available from the Sausage Tent, as were more brats, and the Vienna Cafe provided tortes, pastries, and coffee.

Oktoberfest is now celebrated around the world, with approximately 2,000 celebrations taking place. The event commemorates a royal wedding that took place October 12, 1810, in Munich, Germany. Anniversary celebrations were held in and around Munich for about ten years following the wedding and, later, these anniversaries became Oktoberfests.

Event organizers could work with a flyer printing company to design a pamphlet for next year, to be distributed some weeks before the next event. It could list the entertainment, the restaurants participating, and information about the German Central Organization.