Kansas City's biggest Oktoberfest returns after taking one year off

Kansas City's biggest Oktoberfest returns after taking one year off

Kansas City’s Oktoberfest is back after taking a year off because of the pandemic. KC Bier Company is in its third year organizing the festival, and expects thousands to attend. Everyone 12 years old and up must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test to attend the festival.”First time for an Oktoberfest here, hoping it’s a good one, said Mary Schumacher, a vendor at the event. Mary and her partner James travel the country creating mugs or plaques with family names or coat of arms.She says it’s been a busy year even during the pandemic. “It’s been over the top this year. I think people are so anxious to get out and do something that no matter what they do, they enjoy it,” Schumacher said.”We want to bring that part of culture from Bavaria to Kansas City,” said Juergen Hager, with the KC Bier Company. This year’s festival is full of games, music, food, of course, beer. “There were some challenges whether this was gonna go on this year because of all the COVID issues but we’re glad that we’re here and it’s going great,” said Steve Holle, founder and managing partner at KC Bier Company. For folks like Mary, and others soaking in the “Munich of the Midwest”, they’re just happy to be here.”We’re hoping for a good show today and tomorrow,” Schumacher said.”Come out, hear the music, taste beer and, hopefully, you’ll forget you’re in Kansas City,” Holle said.The festival runs Saturday until 11 p.m.It starts Sunday at 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Kansas City’s Oktoberfest is back after taking a year off because of the pandemic.

KC Bier Company is in its third year organizing the festival, and expects thousands to attend.

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Everyone 12 years old and up must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test to attend the festival.

“First time for an Oktoberfest here, hoping it’s a good one, said Mary Schumacher, a vendor at the event.

Mary and her partner James travel the country creating mugs or plaques with family names or coat of arms.

She says it’s been a busy year even during the pandemic.

“It’s been over the top this year. I think people are so anxious to get out and do something that no matter what they do, they enjoy it,” Schumacher said.

“We want to bring that part of culture from Bavaria to Kansas City,” said Juergen Hager, with the KC Bier Company.

This year’s festival is full of games, music, food, of course, beer.

“There were some challenges whether this was gonna go on this year because of all the COVID issues but we’re glad that we’re here and it’s going great,” said Steve Holle, founder and managing partner at KC Bier Company.

For folks like Mary, and others soaking in the “Munich of the Midwest”, they’re just happy to be here.

“We’re hoping for a good show today and tomorrow,” Schumacher said.

“Come out, hear the music, taste beer and, hopefully, you’ll forget you’re in Kansas City,” Holle said.

The festival runs Saturday until 11 p.m.

It starts Sunday at 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.

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