"Oktoberfest" brings German Culture to Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - A taste of German music, food, and beer took over the Frederick Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday for the 11th annual Frederick Oktoberfest. The tradition is rooted in German culture and has been celebrated across the globe since the early 1800’s.

“We've been to Germany before for the real Oktoberfest and of course it's not like that but it has some neat similarities and it's a lot of fun. It's nice this can come to Frederick and have people share the diversity of the German culture,” says Rick Price of Adamstown, Md.

The event brought people from near and far out all to support a good cause. The proceeds from the event support the local community and some of its non-profit organizations.

“All the money raised here goes back into our communities. Three of the four rotary clubs of Frederick use the money raised at this festival to support the local communities as we'll as international communities,” says “Oktoberfest” coordinator Michelle Rankin.

All proceeds benefit three of the Rotary Clubs in Frederick, and also people over seas that are in need. Locally, some of the funding will help the Police Athletic League and the Lincoln Elementary School.

“When we can support various charities, non-profits and help them to do there community services themselves, we all feel good about that. We have international project, a water project in Nicaragua and a project in South Africa. So our people go down there several times a year to contribute to that,” says Norman Birzer of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek.

Organizers say more than 10,000 people came out to the Fairgrounds to get a taste of the German Culture.  


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