Get a taste of German culture, not to mention German beer, with the sixth annual Oktoberfest which returns to Galt Gardens Sept. 29-30.
“Oktoberfest is celebrated all over the world, like St. Patrick’s Day,” said Roy Pogorzelski, who is organizing the event with his brother John.
“This year there are twice as many Pogo brothers, we’re both MCing this year,” added John Pogorzelski, noting he has usually taken care of the logistical side of organizing this massive event while his brother has handled organizing the entertainment.
In addition to special German-style beer brewed by local brewery Theoretical Brewing, there will be live German music from Alpen Schatz, who have performed every year since the event began, but also new band the Polkaholics who are performing for the first year, as well as the Note-Ables.
The event has been very popular since its beginning.
“Last year we had 4,000 or 5,000 people filtering in and out of here. They drank us out of beer last time, but that’s not going to happen this year; we bought a lot more beer this year,” Roy Pogorzelski said.
Oktoberfest continues to expand.
“This year we’re hoping for 6,000 or 8,000 people. We’re hopeful Mother Bavaria looks favourably upon us and gives us good weather,” he said.
“We started in Festival Square, but moved it to Galt Gardens so more people could come,” Roy added, noting improvements this year include ATMs and more bathroom access on site this year as well.
“We also have a family area this year, because we had people asking for one, so there will be face painting and games until a reasonable hour like 8 p.m.,” he continued.
Oktoberfest runs from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 30.
“We couldn’t do this without our generous sponsors,” Roy said.
“It’s going to be really exciting.”
“If you can’t go to Munich, then maybe you can go to Oktoberfest here,” he continued.
Not everyone can go to Europe to experience Oktoberfest, but by bringing Oktoberfest to Lethbridge, the Pogo brothers are giving everyone a chance to enjoy the festivities right here.
“Ein prosit!” (loosely translated as “good cheer.”)