Pat Shingleton: "Octoberfest, Wurstfest..."
Yesterday Brittany Weiss reminded me that it was time for us to organize our traditional "Shingleton Octoberfest Extravaganza..." This is held at the end of October at our home that includes pumpkin carving, taste testing and great German Food. On October, 12 1810, citizens of Munich, Germany were invited to attend the reception of King Ludwig I to Princess Therese of Saxony. The wedding and reception was held at the front of the city gates and for 175 years Oktoberfest has become a sixteen-day festival that showcases the harvest. For 16 years, Richard and Brenda Netzberger presented a marvelous Oktoberfest for Baton Rouge. Their event maintained the tradition of the harvest with Wurstel or sausage, Brezel or pretzels, Reiberdatschict or potato pancakes and Blaukraut or red cabbage. Richard and Brenda devoted their energies to this event truly for the delight of others. Due to their respective business commitments, Oktoberfest for us will be fond memories. We had the pleasure of attending another festival in New Brunfels, Texas, called "Wurstfest."
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