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6th annual Oktoberfest to be held Oct. 7 & 8

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6th annual Oktoberfest to be held Oct. 7 & 8

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LANCASTER - The 6th Annual Oktoberfest is proud to announce another German dance group, STV Almrausch, to perform on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Center Stage at the Bier Garten.

The STV Almrausch had been performing authentic dances and music from Germany and Austria for many years. 

Audiences enjoy the dancers executing hearty Schuhplattlers (shoe-slapping dances), intricate Ländlers (figure dances), and a variety of specialty dances. And for something really unique, familiar German and Austrian songs are played on the cow bells! 

Everyone becomes a participant as you sway back and forth to the music, sing traditional Bavarian songs, and join them in some popular dances including the “Zillertaler Hochzeitstanz,” “Alte Kamaraden,” “Anton aus Tirol” and everyone’s favorite… the “Duck Dance!”   

They will add color, excitement, and an authentic flair to any Oktoberfest by providing the dances, music, and Gemütlichkeit (happiness, camaraderie and warm feelings) that will make it  one to remember. 

The Schuhplattler und Trachtenverein Almrausch is a non-profit (501c3), non-political cultural organization from Dallas supporting cultural diversity and ethnic understanding through the preservation and perpetuation of traditional Bavarian and Tirolean folk dancing, music, customs, costumes and culture. We celebrate and exhibit this ethnic heritage through public performances, demonstrations and education. 

The STV Almrausch was founded in 1996 and reorganized in 2000, and has performed at festivals, parties, and celebrations throughout the United States and Europe. From mountaintop Gasthofs in Austria, to restaurants in England, and festivals in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Virginia, members of the STV Almrausch have be entertaining audiences for over 30 years. 

Members have even performed at the famous Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Germany! 

Our “Festtracht” – our most formal costume – is from the Oberer Lechgau region of Bavaria… the area near King Ludwig’s famous castle Neuschwanstein. But as a “Trachtenverein” or costume club, we also wear traditional costumes from other regions of Bavaria such as the Allgäu and Berchtesgadnerland. 

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