The end of September brings a bevy of festivals and events to Richmond, not least among these St. Benedict Catholic Church's Oktoberfest celebrations. Last weekend marked their 10th annual Oktoberfest in which they remember the German heritage of Richmond with traditional Bavarian polka, dancers, food, and of course, beer!
|The Low'n'Brows German Band|
By far, the highlight of our afternoon was watching the Schuhplattler dancers. Schuhplattler is a traditional dance from Upper Bavaria (the southern, alpine portion of the state) which features knee-slapping, thigh-thumping, foot-stomping men in lederhosen and alpine hats, accompanied by a few dirndl-wearing ladies to soften the overall performance.
(Video from YouTube and not of the St Benedict Schuhplattler dancers themselves)
Next month the Richmond Oktoberfest Committee will be presenting their 46th Annual Oktoberfest celebrations at the Richmond International Raceway! According to their website, they draw large crowds on both their Friday and Saturday night celebrations. Will I see you there?!
Have you been to the Oktoberfest in Munich? Does your hometown host Oktoberfest celebrations like this one?
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