Oktoberfest Celebration Hits the Streets of Grand Junction
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Oktoberfest is a longstanding German tradition, one that has since made its way over to America and to the streets of Grand Junction. Hosted by the German American Club, the event featured the culture's festive food, music, dance and more.
Ralph Wahlers, a German teacher at Grand Junction High School, said, "Oktoberfest goes back to a royal marriage in Bavaria. It was such a hit that the residents of Munich decided to redo it, and when they started redoing it, they never stopped doing it."
There are several traditions at the event, giving folks a taste of German culture.
"Bratwurst, bierock, those are of course the food staples, and of course the beer tent; you couldn't have Oktoberfest without the beer tent," said Wahlers.
Keith Seymour, a visitor from Louisville, Ky., said, "Of course, if you go to Oktoberfest you've got to do the brats; that's just the only thing to do."
Grand Junction local Don Campbell said, "That's the real reason you come down here for, is to have a beer, have a bratwurst and celebrate a German tradition."
Some of the proceeds from Oktoberfest go toward local students.
"The profit we get from this goes to feed our German programs at the high school," Wahlers said.
Wahlers said, "Each of the German language programs in the Grand Valley has a partner school overseas in Germany. We go every two years to that school, and they come here every two years."
For those who didn't want to travel to Germany for Oktoberfest, downtown Grand Junction served as a great substitute.