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Oktoberfest postcards from Big Canoe

BY BARBARA SCHNEIDER
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The original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany in 1810 lasted for two weeks and celebrated the marriage of the Crown Prince of Bavaria. By 1818 the annual event had morphed into a state agricultural fair with an abundance of food and drink served.

Holding true to tradition—but without the royal wedding—Big Canoe’s Oktoberfest offered a variety of German and American food, beer and soft drinks and one of the most popular treats—desserts from an authentic German Bakery.

“We wanted to create a wonderful first impression for everyone entering our Oktoberfest,” said Terri Sawyer, POA Programs and Events manager. To help set the mood, the POA used 450 sun flowers from Fausett Farms to decorate around the huge food tent.

More than 3,000 attended—mostly families with grandchildren and four-legged furry buddies—strolling around the vendors, checking out the bounce houses and basking in the amazing weather on Saturday, Oct. 12.

A streamlined buffet line and music by the Georgia Polka Connection kept everyone smiling and enjoying the day. Sawyer said the managers of all the POA departments helped to make the day a success. “They were rock stars. Everybody did something to help pull this event together.”

Smoke Signals photographer Jim Francis shares his impressions of Big Canoe’s Oktoberfest with these post cards from Big Canoe.

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