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October 23, 2012 > Oktoberfest in Fremont?

Oktoberfest in Fremont?

Submitted By Christina Broadwin
Photos By courtesy of Matt Broadwin

Did you know that "Oktoberfest" began more than 200 years ago as a party for a wedding? On October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig wed Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen were married and held a big party near Munich. The party was so popular that it was repeated the following year and has been held every year since. This world-famous party has been dubbed "Oktoberfest." This celebration is similar to an American State Fair but with a huge emphasis on beer. The festival begins each year on a Saturday in September and ends approximately 16-18 days later (usually) on the first Sunday in October.

But you don't have to go to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest! Fremont had its own special Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 13th at the Fremont Tennis Center. The Save Kimber Park grassroots effort hosted an Oktoberfest fundraising event which included a Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament, authentic German dinner, live music and raffle. Approximately 150 people participated on a crisp, beautiful, autumn day. The event brought in over $7,000 and will likely net around $4,000. In addition to raising funds this event was mostly about coming together as a community and having fun. The goal was most definitely achieved and was so successful... perhaps this is just the first of many future Oktoberfests to come!

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