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Ach Du Lieber!

The day started early. Husby and I had our belongings gathered and packed by 6:00 a.m. Just as we were ready to head out to Ruttger’s for the Oktoberfest we saw a house on a semi trailer traveling slowly down the quiet, dark streets of Deerwood, MN.  I wonder where it was going…

This event, Oktoberfest, was a new experience as we had to set up in the dark.  I’ve never done an outdoor show this late in the season and it was cold in the wee hours of the morning.  By 8:00 a.m. the chill had set into my bones and I was shivering, but was saved by a complimentary danish and steaming cup of cocoa provided by the event coordinators. 

By show time the sun was out and so were the people.

Lots and lots of people.  As the day wore on I began seeing some pretty odd characters.  Wait!  That isn’t a person ~ that’s a cat!  I’m not sure what the tradition is with the costumes we saw, but I’m sure it’s very German and Oktoberfesty. 

For me they were just a little scary, but very friendly nonetheless.

There was music and food and tons of vendors set up for craft and art shopping.  There was a juggler, a balloon sculpting guy and a “bouncy house” as I heard it referred to by a little girl passing by.  Of course there was also beer, a necessary staple for Oktoberfest.

Everyone was having a marvelous time.  I took a picture of part of my candle display just for fun.  I didn’t notice until now how Spiced Cranberry appears to be posing for the camera.  And it should!  A fantastic fragrance and beautiful candle if I may say so.

It was a wonderfully bright autumn day.   Roadie Husby and I were happy to participate in such a fun event and we’d be glad to go back next year!  So long, Ruttger’s, until then.

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All hail the Germans for beginning what has become famous worldwide:  Oktoberfest.  A Bavarian tradition since 1810, Oktoberfest has been copied in cities all over the world.

It began as a celebration of the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese on October 12, 1810 (Hey! Same wedding date as Husby and me!) and has gone on to be a tradition in Germany ever since.  In many areas Oktoberfest mutated into and overstated excuse to drink lots of beer.  And why not?!  Excuses are the foundation of every vice and if we indulge but once a year, who’s to cast aspersions?

I’m going to be participating in an Oktoberfest myself ~  Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge is having their annual Oktoberfest this coming weekend, October 21-23.   The festivities will include not only beer drinking but also German music (let’s polka!), lots of food, and entertainment for the kids.  On Saturday, October 22 there will be an Arts & Crafts Fair where you’ll find me and my wares, along with dozens of other artists and crafters.  Can you think of a better place to start your Christmas shopping?

Come on up to Deerwood, MN this weekend and see what all the ruckus is about.  Oh, and have a beer while you’re at it ~ Prince Ludwig would.

Photos compliments of TopTenz and Ruttger’s Blog

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