Pat Shingleton: "An October Event!"
We are finalizing our plans for the "Shingleton Octoberfest Extravaganza..." This is held at the end of October at our home that includes pumpkin carving, taste testing and great German Food. Last year, our son Mike, secured pairs of "lederhosen" to compliment the attire as you'll probably see a few pics on Facebook... 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 210 years Oktoberfest has become a sixteen-day festival that showcases the harvest. Similar to other festivals and events worldwide, the Pandemic has compromised Octoberfest this year. For 16 years, Richard and Brenda Netzberger presented a marvelous Oktoberfest, first in Pounchatoula and later at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. My brother, Denis was stationed in Landstuhl, Germany and upon entering the Netzberger's event it clearly replicated what he experienced. 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."