On October 12, 1810, a celebration was held to honor the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of the Kingdom of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munch were invited to attend the festivities, which involved a feast and horse races which all took place on the fields in front of the city gates. Those fields, which were renamed Theresienwiese or “Therese’s fields” to honor the crown princess, were home to the first party which they called “Oktoberfest“. It seems that everyone enjoyed the celebration so much that officials decided to hold the race again every subsequent year in conjunction with the state agricultural show. Although the horse racing went by the wayside, the more modern Oktoberfest party is still held on the original site to this day, and this year will celebrate its 201st anniversary.
Sixty years after the first Oktoberfest in Munich, the Davis Lodge (called Yolo Lodge in those days) received its charter. And this year, we will celebrate the fifth anniversary of our own Davis OddtoberFest, which was started in 2009. And YOU are invited. The Fest this year will take place in the Upper Hall at the Lodge on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The Fest will run from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars for the evening of October 5.
The Fest will include a German dinner, Bavarian music, lots and lots of door prizes, beer (brewed by our own Zymurgy Committee), wine and soft drinks – all included in the price of admission. And the price of admission is just $13 per person, a nice odd number. More details on the Oddtoberfest will follow soon. The Fest is open only to members, pledges, family members, and guests of members and pledges.