The Duel of the Oktoberfests

The festival seems simple enough: Mix beer, lederhosen, the sweet sounds of a few accordion bands, and repeat every weekend in fall. For years, Oktoberfest was one of the biggest (though not the biggest) time of year in Bavarian-themed Leavenworth. But a year after the event was canceled, this year suddenly sees a veritable overflow of Oktoberfests.

For more than 20 years, Leavenworth Oktoberfest festival was run by a nonprofit group called Projekt Bayern; authentic German beers only, authentic German bands only. They cited annual attendance upwards of 50,000, and the group funded some town projects, including a cuckoo clock. The large gathering was canceled for Covid reasons in both

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