10.05.2011

O' zapft is!

{LISTEN: The Chicken Dance}

Soooo, I may have seen too many movies. 

I always expect Oktoberfest to be full of jolly, lederhosen-clad people dancing the chicken dance together while balancing old-fashioned beer steins, sauerkraut and schnitzel.

Instead, our area's Oktoberfest celebration in the tiny German-founded town of St. Florian revolves around tractors, crafts, and a few local crooners on a makeshift stage. Some cute scarecrows dotted the landscape, but there wasn't a schnitzel in sight.  

Although movie magic wasn't in the making....our little October festival was still a fun escape. 

p.s. "O'zapft is!" isn't a typo. It is the traditional cry for the opening of Oktoberfest....."It's Tapped!" in Austro-Bavarian. 
Learned something new, didn't 'cha?

42 comments:

Gentri said...

K. that's it. I'm moving to wherever you live. (TN?)

Meri said...

I can't wait to do some of this fall stuff! The blue sky too is such a beautiful back drop!

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

That looks so sweet and idyllic. All the autumnal things against the blue sky look amazing and you look like you had a fun time xo

Sara Shoemaker said...

I used to go to a little festival just like this in Arizona at a place called Schnepf Farms! I miss it looking at these pictures. Fantastic photography! I love photography alot :) looks like a fun day!


The House of Shoes

Miss Raj said...

Wow what a wonderful post - colourful, joyful and vibrant. I just stumbled across your blog, it's an absolute beauty! You've definitely got yourself a new follower - I look forward to reading many more. All my best wishes to you.

Seema

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aniamaria said...

wow - amazing photos! I loved every photo U made!

and your child is so cute!

Laura Elizabeth said...

If I was Hudson in the first picture, I would be terrified of those scarecrow type things!! He's a brave kid!!! I feel I say this ALL the time, but I love reading your posts!!!!

Megan said...

i feel like im watching hudson grow up. its weird. and cool. and i love the new layout btw girlfriend. xxx

My Journey With Candida said...

I did learn something new!!

That tractor made of hay is amazing. Someone went to a lot of work.

Looks like you had a wonderful time.

No German Man Here said...

Well I must say yes I did learn something new today. I would say Hudson's favorite part was the tractors. He wanted to climb up on them so bad. Fun day and great pictures.

LOVE YOU!!!

Michelle (michabella) said...

Baby boy is SO CUTE!!! Love his lil shoes :)

Jeannie said...

Hudson does not look too happy riding the train. That was a beautiful day for a festival.

Cindy P said...

I love these photos! I especially love the one of Hudson standing by the tractors. His face in the one picture is priceless! It's like he's so in awe of how big they are. =)

I'm glad you guys had a good time. Your Oktober fest sounds a lot like our county fair! =)

Kat said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE these pictures!!! Too cute and precious, all of them. What a perfect day!

Mimi said...

This is why I cant wait to have my baby (I'm pregs, but havent said anything on my blog yet)....it makes you go out and do things like your o zapft is!! I love stuff like this!

O'Melly said...

Haha brilliant music choice!

I can't believe it's that time of year again!

Virginie's Cinema said...

I love the hay tractor, very creative !!

Just when you think Hudson can't humanly get any cuter, here he is, posing proudly in his fab red shorts!

Can you believe I have never been top an Octoberfest celebration ever?

Have a good day my dear!

Virginie ♥

Pop Champagne said...

ohh these are such cute pictures! and I can't believe how warm it looks over there, I'm super jealous lol

Tracy-Girl @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

Beautiful pictures!! :) I love her hair, it's so darling!

Haley K said...

I'm with gentri!! you have so many fabulous events and places near you :) Sorry it wasn't exactly what you expected, but it definitely looks like you guys had a wonderful time! Those hay bails turned into a tractor is awesome :) Yay for autumn festivals full of scarecrows, pumpkins, and fall colors. xoxo

PS - you & hudson make some cute cuckoo birds ;)

A Lost Feather said...

ahh i want to go to an outdoor festival fair octobery type thing. so funnnn. and hudson is so stylish.. he always has the best outfits :)

Punctuation Mark said...

beautiful post... the little one is absolutely adorable!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Great pictures! It looks like a fun experience...although I need some sauerkraut at a festival like this hehe. I've never actually been to one but want to badly!

Shutterbug said...

Looks like you have a ton of fun! O'zapft!

Janette said...

Local crooners are my personal favorite!!!! OH! And pictures of Hudson having a blast!


Janette, the Jongleur

a girl with a smile said...

you have the sweetest kid! and pictures :)

Whitney said...

Oh man you guys always have the most fun!! I can't wait to start being a normal family again and go to fun things like this! I love that Hudson got to ride and train and see tractors.. nothing to make a little boy happier =)
Btw you make a pretty hot cuckoo ;-)

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

awww. I really like this! How nice!!

Reading (and chickens) said...

This is the first time I'm visiting your blog, and can I tell you how *pretty* it is here? So pretty!

Reading (and chickens) said...

Oh, and my kids would go bananas for that little train.

JRuud said...

Love the pictures...and um, your town knows how to do fall. We got snow today in Utah..so my town doesn't get it apparently. I'm coming there because I'm CRAVING AUTUMN! xoxoxo.

Rach said...

Hudson is lucky to have a mommy who dresses him so well! He always has the cutest outfits!

Claire said...

october is so much fun! there's always pumpkin patches and festivals. those are perfect for families. my kids love it! they love riding the trains and picking out pumpkins! and i just enjoy seeing them so happy! hudson looks adorable!

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the real mia said...

lovely lovely photos as always

fifth floor apartment said...

ahhh! so much fun + love. thanks for sharing :)

xo Alison

Courtney B said...

LOVE the pictures! What a fun outing :)
Next weekend we're going to be real festive! I'll be running the 10k for oktober fest (wish me luck!) And then got to a corn maze :) I wish I had a little one to enjoy these with though!

Bad Joan said...

These are such adorable pictures!! Looks like such a fun outing!

GTBB,
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http://cookingjoan.blogspot.com

margarita ts said...

so beautiful pics!!

Ashley Slater said...

I have been yelling "o'zapft is!" over and over again until my husband finally responded from the tv room to ask me WHAT the heck I was shouting..... haha


love that this post offered me an opportunity to annoy him tonight. I am kind of in a feisty mood tonight and annoying husband is bearing the brunt of it!

xo,
ashley

Victoria said...

I don't get it how all your pictures are always sooo ... awesome !! Always such nice lighting and cutest object on film and all :P Love it ! You are all super cute !

Shea said...

Well despite the fact that it didn't live up to the movies, it still looks pretty fun. I've never been to an Oktoberfest, and since I'm part German that's pretty sad! I love the cuckoo pictures--adorable!

Faith said...

i think the next vacation hubby and i take will be in the neck of your woods ... but still my pictures won't come out even half as beautiful. no fair! :)