Since Rock Hill, South Carolina was having an Octoberfest event for its 70,000 people (and growing) in down town, my honey and I decided to stop by and see what it was all about. After all, I had never been to an Octoberfest before. We parked about 2 blocks away, and could already hear the Bavarian oompah band playing their joyous German songs.
Crowds of people attended, many sitting at tables listening to the band and trying to sing along. Many eating food from the vendors set up to satisfy the most finicky of palates. Most of the attendees were dressed in casual attire, but here and there were adults and kids, trying to “fit in” to the genre.
We walked around listing to the music and checking out the vendors. They had everything from bier (beer) and brats, barbeque, homemade cheeses, wood carvings, to real estate agents and house gutters. We missed the hot dog race (dachsund races) because the crowd there was so enormous. Very disappointing. But we didn’t miss the strolling accordion player, who was not too busy to stop and play for a photo. You can see in the background a dad who seemed to enjoy it way more than his infant son did.
He did a great job playing the accordion, and we were happy to stand there for a minute and listen to him. It seemed to make him happy that we did.
After a little while (probably after the crowd had a few biers and brats), they started a “congo” line moving around the tables, and people repeating after the festmeister, “Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi!”
For my first Octoberfest, it was a fun time! We decided it was time to go, but the Octoberfest was surely considered another success for the community, right here in Rock Hill, South Carolina!