In This Issue: October '17
Oct 01, 2017 08:30AM
First, let me explain the wording on the cover. O’zapft is means ‘it’s tapped.’ The Mayor of Munich, Germany, traditionally taps the first keg of beer and exclaims the above phrase, marking the official start of Oktoberfest.
The founding of Cabarrus County is largely credited to Scottish-Irish settlers who came to this area in the 1730s. But only 10 years later, Germans, who were fleeing the constant wars in Europe, also found refuge and a new life in this region.
This month we examine the history and tradition known as Oktoberfest! Celebrated since 1810, Oktoberfest has become a staple of annual celebrations, and Cabarrus County/the Charlotte metro area are no exception. With the rise of new craft breweries in the area over the past few years, Oktoberfest celebrations here are growing into what is hoped will become a true community tradition, complete with lederhosen, dirndls and beer steins!
Oktoberfest isn’t just for those with German heritage, either. It has become a celebration of family, traditions and harvest time. Oktoberfest celebrations (which are now held all over the world) are famous for beer, and appropriately so. However, true celebrations are also about the costumes, music, food and traditions, such as parades that feature German costumes, riflemen, livestock and floats.
We hope you will join us in celebrating this incredible time of year, when the leaves are gorgeous, you can purchase pumpkin spice anything and the weather is just right for cuddling under a blanket.
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