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October 22, 2013

Centennial Celebrates Oktoberfest

by Kumar Bhowmik

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair, originating in Munich, Germany. The festival lasts 16 days spanning from the end of September to the first weekend of October. Oktoberfest is a huge part of German culture and has been held since 1810. During the festival, many attendees drink high amounts of alcohol, play local cultural games, and celebrate their heritage. In Champaign,  the holiday is celebrated a little more recreationally. Champaign locals celebrate more of the culture of alcohol and the popularity of German beers. The Blind Pig, a local bar, specifically brews its own special flavor of “Oktoberfest.”

On October 21st, the German classes at Centennial High School threw their own version of the Western European festival. All German students participate and their parents are also invited.

Frau Malloy heads the festivities. She said, “We start off with the German national anthem, then we have our oompa band headed by veteran oompa band leader and senior Paul Butler.”

She also added that the kids put on a presentation, from German One classes doing a simple song to the advanced kids putting on a play. When asked what her favorite part of the festival was, she said, “Teachers should have some sort of departmental invitation to get [students’] parents to come in and see what they learn in your class, because it’s so gratifying to meet kids’ parents in a party setting. Parent-teacher conferences are a whole different feel, and the parents always have a great time.”

To wrap up the festival, they cool down with a knowledge bowl and a short song. This is all thanks to the hard work of the German Department and Frau Malloy.

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