Members of the Oakland Turnverein choir, from left to right, James Kohl, John Binder and Bill Smith, sing at the Oktoberfest event in Vacaville Saturday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Plenty of beer, food, lederhosen at Oktoberfest

By From page A3 | September 30, 2012

VACAVILLE — Women wearing dirndls and men sporting lederhosen danced a quasi-polka to the German version of “Brown Eyed Girl” at the Oktoberfest celebration Saturday.

The musical group the Alpiners entertained a large crowd with traditional music and modern hits — with a hint of German influence.

Hundreds of attendees dealt with the 90 degree heat to get a taste of foods such as zigeuner schnitzel with spaetzle, fill their plates with sauerkraut or simply tried to forget the heat with plenty of beer in their steins.

Although the event happened a couple of days before October started, for Helen and Bob Roth it came none too soon.

Neither has any German in them, but they are happy to take part in such a fun tradition every year.

“There’s always a lot of people and a lot of fun stuff going on,” Helen Roth said.

The event welcomed many guest acts, including the Oakland Turnverein Germischter Choir, meaning “mixed choir” in English.

Men and women from around the Bay Area sing traditional and some nontraditional German music with the group. While October is a busy time for them, the Christmas season is also jam-packed.

The women wore traditional dresses called dirndls and some of the men wore leather pants known as lederhosen.

Not everyone in the group is German, but all have a great interest in Germany and its culture.

“I like the language, I like the culture,” Kathy Rubin said. “You don’t have to be German to like it.”

And of course, they like a good German party.

“I like the camaraderie,” Rubin said of Oktoberfest.

“I like the beer,” Bill Smith added.

Reach Heather Ah San at 427-6977 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HeatherMalia.

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San covers Rio Vista, features and general news for the Daily Republic. She received her bachelors of art degree from the University of Oregon.

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