Bavarian buffet, beer stein race, Red Bank’s largest yodeling lesson ever, live music and fun for the kids to benefit the German School of Monmouth County

Holmdel, NJ – Oktoberfest, which draws more than six million visitors to Munich, Germany each year, has been the world’s largest fair celebrated since 1810.  On this 200th anniversary the non-profit German School of Monmouth County’s hosts a family-friendly Oktoberfest RedBank ( at the Elks Lodge, 40 West Front Street on Sunday, September 19 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine.  Proceeds benefit the school’s multi-media library and enrichment programs (

In 1810  Oktoberfest – the first party for the masses – celebrated the wedding of Princess Therese to the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig.

Mayor Taps the Keg, Red Bank’s Largest Yodeling Lesson, and Kids’ Games Highlight the Afternoon

Red Bank Mayor (Bürgermeister) Pasquale Menna kicks off the day with a 12:00 p.m. ceremonial “tapping of the keg,” followed by an afternoon of contemporary and traditional German music and folk dancing, a Swiss Alphorn player, Red Bank’s largest yodeling lesson, a beer stein race, sack races, a pretzel toss, a 50/50, kids activities and more.  A traditional German buffet will feature a variety of authentic foods including sausages (wursts), leberkäse, potato salad, spätzle, red cabbage, sauerkraut, potato pancakes and desserts, as well as beer imported from Munich.

“We have a two-fold reason for celebrating Oktoberfest – first to support the Monmouth County German School, which relies solely on private funding to provide German language lessons to students to ages 2 through 72, and to fund the only multi-media German language library in the state,” says Middletown resident, German School managing director, and mother of two Dorothea Drew.  “Indeed, we offer classes for students at all levels to prepare them for graduation and working in the global economy.”

Advance tickets that include the buffet and activities are $25.00/adult and $10.00/children 16 and under.  Additional adult beverages  are sold at the bar separately.  Limited tickets at the door are $30.00/adult, $10.00/children.  Please call 1-888-368-5300 or email [email protected] for tickets.  Check: for updates.

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