Sunday, October 20, 2013

Field Trip: Oktoberfest

Some people like to dress up in authentic German attire when they go to Oktoberfest.  My husband and I don't like to do things halfway.  We brought a real, live German!

A group of German pastors were coming to the United States to learn about the churches in our area because of a connection that has been set up between our region and their region.  We were asked if we would host one of the visitors.  Sunday was a free day so we asked Jurgen if he'd like to go to a local Oktoberfest that was being held at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA.  We had a great time!

Jurgen treated us to a German meal of bratwurst and potato salad.  

Music was provided by a traditional German band from Shippensburg.  Jurgen was impressed by their pronounciation and knew many of the songs they were playing.

There were many contests going on that day.  This contest was for the most authentic German attire.  We really wanted to stick around for the stein holding competition, but that wasn't being held until later that evening.

Aside from all of the great food activities, there were lots of rides and games for kids.

We had a great time at Oktoberfest and enjoyed our time with Jurgen.  He assured us that we have a place to stay if we ever find ourselves in Germany.