Frankenmuth, Michigan knows how to throw a party. That is, according to four of my coworkers (that’s them in the picture) who went to the 2006 Frankenmuth Oktoberfest. I decided to look into why Frankenmuth has an Oktoberfest and what I found out surprised me.
First, a little background. Frankenmuth was founded by German immigrants from Franconia, Bavaria in 1845. The German translation of the word “Frankenmuth” is literally "courage of the Franconians." While originally founded as an outpost to spread Christianity to the native Chippewas, the area became of hotbed of German farmers immigrating to the U.S. Today, Frankenmuth regains a strong German influence. Ok, enough of that. Back to the beer and the party.
Frankenmuth goes to great pains to replicate the real Oktoberfest in Munich. From the German ompah bands to serving authentic bratwurst, this is truly a microversion of the real thing. In fact, Frankenmuth’s Oktoberfest celebration is the ONLY U.S. Oktoberfest officially sanctioned by the Lord Mayor of Munich. Despite its diminutive size when compared to the monstrosity of a party that the mighty Munichians throw each fall (Munich’s Oktoberfest lasts three weeks, Frankenmuth’s lasts three days) the herrs and damens of Frankenmuth definitely get props for knowing how to throw a party! From the beer to the sausage to the tents, Frankenmuth pays attention to the small things for big result! Don’t believe me? Just ask the Lord Mayor of Munich. Or go drink some Frankenmuth beer. Next thing you know, you’ll be yodeling like Maria Von Trapp! Or like this guy!