There is nothing more fun than celebrating one's heritage. As someone who's father came to America on a ship from Germany, I was raised to enjoy many of the fine German traditions that my father and grandmother had made a part of my life growing up. The German music that new employees get to enjoy during their initial training at ELITeXPO is one small part. Other traditions include German food and German Bier (that's Deutsch for beer). Of course there's my yearly trip to German Fest (32 years now) and regular attendance at several Oktoberfest celebrations in Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
Since 1981, German Fest has been held every year during the last weekend of July in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is the largest German festival in America. Lasting three days, (all of which I am always on vacation), tens of thousands of lederhosen and dirndl wearing folks converge on the lakefront to consume tens of thousands of bratwurst, 10,000 pounds of potatoes and sauerkraut, and 35,000 pieces of pastry. There are actual bands from Germany, traditional dancing and polka, a parade, fireworks, dachshund races, and plenty of shopping in a European style market.
The America's Oktoberfest held in Cincinnati, Ohio is another large German celebration. It is held in mid-September in downtown Cincinnati. Consuming 24,000 potato pancakes and 64,000 sauerkraut balls is one way that the large German community in the area celebrate their heritage.
Everyone knows that you travel to Texas to do the Chicken Dance at the Oktoberfest Fredricksburg. The October celebration hosts "Oompah at its best" with German music, food, drink, artisans, and family fun.
My favorite Oktoberfest is in the small town of Union, IL. Several local establishments have celebrations but the one at Checkers II is a month long weekend tradition.
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