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Historic Germantown to host annual Oktoberfest

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Nashville's historic Germantown is gearing up for the 34th Annual Oktoberfest this weekend.

Featuring live German music, food and beverages, the colorful, family friendly festival attracts over 30,000 people each year.

There will also be street performers, arts, crafts, antique and specialty booths and a children's area featuring games, pony rides, face painting, clowns and more.

Oktoberfest is the brainchild of John Connely, a Nashville historian and member of Monroe Street United Methodist Church, and Father Bernard Niedergeses of Assumption Catholic Church.

"They got together and dreamed that they could create a homecoming atmosphere in Germantown and a celebration of the history of this area," Monroe Street Reverend Rosemary Brown told News 2, adding, "They started what became and mushroomed into a celebration, a festival of German food, German beer, German dancing in the street [and] vendors who come and sell all kinds of creations."

While Oktoberfest was never meant to be a fundraiser, proceeds go to the continuing historic restoration of Assumption Catholic Church and Monroe Street United Methodist Church

The festival raised more than $10,000 for each place of worship last year.

The festival kicks off Saturday with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. followed by services at the festival's two sponsoring churches at 9:30 am.

The celebration continues until 7 p.m.

Admission and parking are free.

Fore more information on the event click here.


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