Saturday, October 29, 2011

Octoberfest Fun

It is all in the family!

Every year for the past 10 years or so, my family has been going to the local Octoberfest.  Over the years it has grown to be a pretty large event.  They have the traditional German folk dancers, play the chicken dance, and have contests such as log sawing and keg throwing.  They also have a stein-holding contest.  Each year, my dad used to enter it, and he usually won.  He was not a big guy, but boy, was he strong!  
My dad from last year- 2nd place!
This year, it was hard to go to the Octoberfest without him, but all of our wonderful friends went with us and we drank a toast to him.  My brother entered the stein-holding contest and, for the first time, WON!  
My brother from this year- 1st place
Then they held the ladies stein-holding contest, and they did not have enough ladies, so I went up there.  I didn't even think I would be able to hold the mug up, but I did, for 3 minutes and 5 seconds- and came in 3rd place!
Me- this year, third place- not too shabby!


Ron. said...

It's sad, the empty spaces our loved ones leave behind. Still, we find they're still with us when we're there. It sounds like you had a bit of that. Good for you.

Linda said...

So glad you and your brother and friends did that in the memory of your dad.

Susan said...

What a fun tradition - and how nice that you can continue to create warm family memories.

Jeanie said...

Keg throwing? Wow!
It sounds like your family had warm memories of your dad while carrying on a family tradition.

Lindsey said...

I love the blog. Congrats on your stein holding, that is super awesome. I am a new follower and fellow teacher in the process of slowing losing her mind :) I am visiting from super stalker!

April's Homemaking said...

How fun, a stein holding contest! We love to go to our Oktoberfest also, such a fun event. Happy Autumn, stopping by from The Sunday Social Hop. :)

Tami said...

Congratulations! So cool that you and your brother are carrying on the tradition in honor of your dad.

{K} said...

Congrats on the 3rd place!!

I'm sorry you had to go without your father this year.

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