Many of you are familiar with the fact that Ruttger’s has a strong German heritage. You see it in several different ways around the resort, including the Rüttger wine from German. There is one sign of the Ruttger’s German heritage that stands out more than the others, Oktoberfest. This year, October 19 -21 marks the 27th Annual Oktoberfest, and like past events, it is a festival that celebrates the German history at Ruttger’s.
Oktoberfest began in 1810 in Germany when Crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I, married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hidburghausen. The citizens of Munich celebrated the union on the fields in front of the city gates. At the end of the celebration, horse races were held in front of the Royal Family. The horse races were repeated every year (although they are no longer a part of the celebration) and Oktoberfest was born.
Jack Ruttger at Oktoberfest 2011
Germany’s Oktoberfest has gone through changes throughout the years, adapting to the times and the events happening. For instance, Oktoberfest was cancelled from 1914 to 1918 during the first World War. New traditions have replaced the old ones. Since 1950, the festival opens with a twelve gun salute and the tapping of the first keg by the Mayor of Munich. The crowds yell “O’ zapft ist!”, which means “It’s tapped!” in the Austro-Bavarian language, once the keg has been opened.
While Oktoberfest has not been celebrated as long at Ruttger’s as it has been in Germany, we still carry out some of the traditions and hope you will join us for the celebration. There are a variety of events happening the weekend of Oktoberfest, including the Harvest Buffet Dinner Show, the tapping of the keg, our Arts and Crafts Fair with over 150 vendors, kids’ entertainment, Polka Tanzen (Polka Dance), and much more. We have invited New Ulm’s Concord Singers and the Narren, Alpensterne, the Wendinger Polka Band, and more entertainers for young and old to keep things fun and festive.
To get the full Oktoberfest experience, stay at Ruttger’s and be in the middle of the fun! It is a perfect fall getaway with family or friends. For more information on Oktoberfest, please visit our website or call 800.450.4545.