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Oktoberfest at “The Wies’n” Topic of Community Lecture at Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pa., April 6, 2005—World travelers, Ruth and Michael Fidorack, will present a slide/lecture presentation about their travels to Munich, Germany, and their experiences on six consecutive trips, to the famous Oktoberfest at “The Wies’n,” on Monday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The Fidoracks are both retired teachers from the Bethlehem Area School District. The talk is sponsored by the Alumni and Public Relations offices at Moravian College. The talk is free and open to the public.

Oktoberfest originated in 1810 upon the occasion of the wedding of Ludwig of Bavaria (who later became King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese. Originally a horse race that occurred over several days, it evolved in the next 195 years into the largest festival and funfair of the world.

The festival begins with a parade every year on the third Saturday of September at the huge, (over 100 acres site) at the foot of the Bavaria Statue. All beer tents of the traditional Munich breweries mingle with the latest funfair attractions for thrills and spills.

During the days of the Wies’n, around six million visitors attend the festival. Almost 5,700,000 liters of beer, more than 350,000 chickens and 87 oxen are consumed. The catering services at the Oktoberfest have seating for more than 100,000 visitors.

Prior to the lecture, a cafeteria-style dinner ($8.25) is available at 6:15 p.m. in the United Brethren Church room in the Haupert Union Building.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu