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It’s time to roll out the barrel for Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest keg tapping, 1969. Reproduced with the permission of the Waterloo Region Record.

MC60P563 (KPL Collection) Oktoberfest keg tapping, 1969.
Reproduced with the permission of the Waterloo Region Record.

As Oktoberfest starts today, this image of the 1969 keg tapping made me think how much Oktoberfest has changed and evolved. If you consider its genesis from a small local cultural celebration to the 9 day extravaganza of activities, events and locations today, Oktoberfest has certainly grown with the community.   What also struck me was the size of the barrel used the the 1969 keg tapping – clearly not the same size of the keg of today!  This image appeared in the 15 October 1969 edition of the Kitchener-Waterloo Record and is part of the MC60 Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Collection in the Grace Schmidt Room.  From left to right, Kitchener Mayor Sid McLennan, Waterloo Mayor Meston, Formosa Springs Brewery President, Harold Blakley, Concordia Club Manager,  Julius Rauchfuss, and Munich Tourism director, Dr. Otto Hiebl, take part in the tapping of the keg at the 1969 opening ceremonies.

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