By Clinton Gill
Glade Sun editor
Oktoberfest. It’s the world’s longest wedding reception. Starting in 1810, the annual festival marks the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, which the royals celebrated by throwing a town festival. The celebration came to close with a horse race, an event so popular that it was held again the next year – And with that, a tradition was born. The horse racing has since been abandoned, as the festival has now become semi-synonymous with one of Germany’s favorite pastimes – drinking beer.
The Knights of Columbus held their 23rd annual Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 11 and 12. The festivities kicked off with the traditional tapping of the keg, performed by the Honorary Lord and Lady Mayor. This year’s honorees were Maurice and Sherry Lind, of Crossville. The Linds moved to Crossville in 2007, partially because of the “wunderbar” hospitality they experienced at that year’s Oktoberfest. Each year since, they have held a reunion of family and friends at the Crossville Oktoberfest.
Crossville’s Oktoberfest has become a yearly event that is anxiously awaited by many throughout Middle and East Tennessee. More than 225 volunteers brought the event to life, featuring continuous music, dancing, delicious food and camaraderie.
Returning again this year for their 14th year was the ever popular group, the Rheingold Band from Louisville, KY. This group of five men has performed at fests all over the Midwest in their traditional lederhosen.
Bavarian Echo, a husband and wife band from Rutledge, provided their specialty of German and Bavarian music. And performing for their third year at Oktoberfest was the Frank Moravcik Band from Cleveland, Ohio. The band played a wide variety of music featuring their own brand of “Cleveland style” polka music.
Attendees enjoyed authentically delicious German foods such as bratwurst, knackwurst, wiesswurst, pork schnitzel and kasseler rippchen (smoked pork chop), along with sauerkraut, red cabbage and cinnamon apples. The Knights anticipated serving 1,800 dinners. And of course, there was plenty of beer.