Oktoberfest

October 14, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Event Series

Oktoberfest – what better way to celebrate fall than with a pint of Oktoberfest Lager and a bratwurst with kraut. Come on out and enjoy fall on the farm with your family and friends.

Join us for a fun weekend of fall fun where we feature our Maize Valley Oktoberfest Beer.  This delightful Marzen Beer is a beautiful, deep golden color, with a rich maltiness that makes you think of all things fall.

Commemorative Oktoberfest Beer Mugs will be available..  The Oktoberfest Mug will be available both inside the main market building (no ticket necessary) as well as at the beer truck which is inside our fall activities area.

The origins of Oktoberfest date back to the year 1810 in Munich Germany.  Today, this festival is the largest in the world with over 6 million guests attending each year.

Maize Valley’s Oktoberfest (slightly scaled down from the Munich festival)  will not only feature our Oktoberfest beer, but also our Pumpkin Cannon Ale – a fall favorite!  Please note that if you wish to attend the fall activities, there is an admissions charge to this area of $17 per person.

The History of Oktoberfest

Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields have been named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s fields”) in honor of the Crown Princess ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the “Wies’n”.

Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.

The Oktoberfest continues in 1811

In 1811 an added feature to the horse races was the first Agricultural Show, designed to boost Bavarian agriculture. The horse races, which were the oldest and – at one time – the most popular event of the festival are no longer held today. But the Agricultural Show is still held every three years during the Oktoberfest on the southern part of the festival grounds.

In the first few decades the choice of amusements was sparse. The first carousel and two swings were set up in 1818. Visitors were able to quench their thirst at small beer stands which grew rapidly in number. In 1896 the beer stands were replaced by the first beer tents and halls set up by enterprising landlords with the backing of the breweries.

The remainder of the festival site was taken up by a fun-fair. The range of carousels etc. on offer was already increasing rapidly in the 1870s as the fairground trade continued to grow and develop in Germany.

Date

October 14, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Time

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Venue

Maize Valley, 6193 Edison St. NE (St. Rt. 619)
Hartville, OH 44632 United States

Phone

330-877-8344

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