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20 September 2004: Oktoberfest Brings History to Huntington

Posted by Christina on February 28, 2009

oktoberfest-hbThis was fun. They let me know a festivity primarily consisting on various sausages and heavy drinking when I was 19-years-old. Other than that, it was pretty interesting seeing how tradition-based the whole event really was, and how authentically Old World Huntington Beach had maintained authenticity in upholding that very same tradition.

New University Newspaper: Oktoberfest Brings History to Huntington

Oktoberfest Brings History to Huntington
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 38, Issue 1 | Sep 20 2004

Two years after the royal wedding of King Ludwig I of Bavaria in 1810, the first Oktoberfest took place in Munich, Bavaria. Now, nearly two centuries later, Old World in Huntington Beach continues the famous tradition with their 27th annual Oktoberfest celebration.

‘It’s always the middle of September to the end of October,’ explained Bern Bischof, now owner and manager of Old World. ‘It’s about seven weeks long and this year we started a little bit early, around Sept. 12, and then it’s going on all the way to Oct. 30.’

As far as the history of Oktoberfest is concerned, the city of Munich wanted to host an anniversary party for their king’s second marriage.

‘[There were] all the breweries coming in with their newly-brewed beer and things. It [the Oktoberfest] started with a horse race,’ said Dolores Bischof who, along with her husband, was the original owner and developer of Old World. ‘We don’t have a horse race here, we have a Dachshund race. And the whole town seemed to relate to the king and his festival for his anniversary. And that’s how the whole Oktoberfest started.’

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