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On October 12th, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Everyone in Munich was invited to a big festival to celebrate the happy union, complete with horse races and more beer than your brain could possibly let you imagine. This proved a big hit with the Germans, so they organized a repeat of the jamboree the very next year. If you are planning a wedding party, know that the bar is set pretty high — you’ll have to go all out if it’s to spark a national holiday like Oktoberfest.

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Wherever Germans go, Oktoberfest must also be celebrated. Germans especially went to North Dakota, which is why the Mandan Progress Organization is hosting their seventh OktoberFest Mandan on September 28th this year. If you are fond of good beer, good food, and good music, then you ought to go. If you don’t like those things, then you will enjoy the kid’s games that are held there from noon until three.

It doesn’t matter what kind of party you’re having — if the beer is missing, it ceases to be. That’s why OktoberFest Mandan will bring in the big guns this year, with Main Street Drive Thru Liquor & Coffee providing a festive selection of more widely known beers, and local microbreweries showcasing the Mandan area’s own prowess in brewing. In past years breweries including Buffalo Commons and Laughing Sun have shown up to show people a good time. This year’s featured breweries are undecided at the time of writing, but once given the word they’re certainly going to spring right into action making something beautiful.

Queen Elizabeth I once said “a meal of bread, cheese, and beer constitutes the perfect food.” You can tell she wasn’t German. A rager like OktoberFest Mandan calls for treats like bratwurst, spaetzle, knoephla, kuchen, and everything else, so this year’s will have local institutions such as LaVonne’s Cheesebutton Factory, Kroll’s Diner, and the Lions Club over to make certain that everyone gets enough to eat. If it is food, and it is German, and you wouldn’t have it on a diet, OktoberFest Mandan will provide.

OktoberFest Mandan plays the music smart. During the daytime the bandstand will be populated by accordion players and polka bands, playing the kinds of tunes that you can really cut a rug to while you’re wearing lederhosen or a dirndl. As the evening rolls around and copious (yet of course still responsible) amounts of beer have been enjoyed, the music switches over to a classic rock and country vibe. The accordion is, after all, the most beautiful instrument ever invented, so you would never want to overdo it.

“Seeing people ordering fleischkuechle and lager and dancing, it’s just really wonderful to have them enjoy the fruits of our labors,” said Kristin Haug of the Mandan Progress Organization. “Every year there are more people coming, more companies who want to sponsor our community event. We don’t get to celebrate our German heritage nearly enough. OktoberFest Mandan would make our ancestors proud!”

The party will be held Saturday, September 28th from noon until 11:00pm at Dykshoorn Park. You can find more current information about everything that will be there at mandanprogress.org.


By David Scheller