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05 October 2010 :: 13:10:52 pm 42288

Beer Record Smashed at Munich Fest’s 200th Celebrations

Revellers at this years Munich Fest celebrations guzzled down a record number of steins, organisers said Mondays, as the 200th jubilee edition of the infamous party drew to a close.
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Berlin, the 4th of October 2010: Approximately 6.4 million people took part in the world-famous celebrations, downing an estimated 7 million litres as they staggered through the cavernous beer tents.

In addition to the world beating consumption of beer, Oktoberfest visitors also consumed 117 oxen, 59 calves and thousands of chickens as they eased the passage of alcohol into their systems, festival head Gabriele Weishaeupl told reporters.

Despite the extension of the fair for two more days than its predecessors, the record attendance of 7.1 million (1985) remained unbroken. While it is the 200th anniversary of the festival, it is only the 177th edition following the cancellation of the event during World Wars I and II, during two separate cholera outbreaks and following Germany’s political and economic crises.

The global financial crisis severely dented the festivals attraction during 2009, with a disappointing 5.7 million visitors coming through the gates, down from an average of 6+ million in previous years.

This year’s edition of the fair was at least 11 revellers lighter than usual as German football champions Bayern Munich were prevented from attending the event, as is tradition. Coach Louis van Gaal ordered his players to a punitive training session instead, in part down to their dire start to the current Bundesliga season.

Unfortunately, perhaps due to the increased consumption of alcohol, a record 62 people were assaulted at this year’s event compared to 43 in 2009. In two such incidents, a French student was arrest for smashing a stein across the head of an Australian man, while a Munich resident reportedly nearly killed a Canadian man in a similar incident.

Amid the violence however, organisers report a record 4,500 lost items, including a pug-dog, a rabbit, a tennis racket, a leather whip, a tuba, a hearing device and a pair of dentures.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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