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Oktoberfest offers beer, dancing

Stephan Lopez from San Bernardino and Nicole de Silva from Riverside danced together at Oktoberfest on Sunday at the Fairplex. The event opened on Oct. 12 and runs through Oct 28, from 6 p.m to midnight Fridays and Saturdays for adults, from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays for families. Live music is performed every night by a polka band called the Rheinlanders. Admission is $5, parking is $10. / photo by Katherine Careaga

Stephan Lopez from San Bernardino and Nicole de Silva from Riverside danced together at Oktoberfest on Sunday at the Fairplex. The event opened on Oct. 12 and runs through Oct 28, from 6 p.m to midnight Fridays and Saturdays for adults, from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays for families. Live music is performed every night by a polka band called the Rheinlanders. Admission is $5, parking is $10. / photo by Katherine Careaga

Monique Millian
Staff Writer

The Pomona Fairplex opened its doors on Oct. 12 for its annual Oktoberfest celebration attracting beer lovers and fans of German festivities.

It was an adult’s playground filled with games, music, and beverages.

The illuminated Oktoberfest sign was the first of many festive decorations that welcomed guests

“This is my first Oktoberfest and I’m excited to see what all the hype is about,” said Christy St. Marie of La Habra. “I hope all these long lines are worth it.”

St. Marie wasn’t the only one weary of the long lines; it was an issue for both beer and admissions. The ticketing machines were down and caused people in admission lines to wait for upward of 20 minutes. The delay eventually led to free admission for many people until the problem was fixed. Although the evening began with long lines some remained optimistic.

“It’s the best day of my life” said Michael Cortinas of Ontario..

The smell of fried food, King Taco, and sounds of bands playing greeted people once they were past the lines.

People were in festive moods giving cheers to each other, and talking about the seasonal beer that was offered.

Among the beer and food there were carnival games that gave stuffed animals as prizes. The kind of carnival games that took balance and focus to win. At which point in the atmosphere of drinking leaves one to wonder if it should be considered more of a challenge than a game.

Bands were dressed in traditional German attire. The main stage held beer drinking games, an event the crowds cheered on loudly.

Contestants of the beer drinking games held stein glasses until the organizers ran out glasses halfway through the event. Lack of stein glasses caused for even more lines at Oktoberfest.

There were mixed emotions as the fest ran out of most beer and only had Bud Light left in the peak hour of 10 p.m.

“I do not like beer and I don’t like this event,” said Parrisa Yazdani of Hacienda Heights. “The beer selection was the same kind I see everywhere else. I wanted to give German beer a chance but there is none. I’m over it and ready to go home.”

The Fairplex began to discourage participants who began to leave once it was announced that there was no more German beer.

People abandoned conversations about the beer and began to complain about how unorganized the event was.

Although the event lacked organization, stein glasses and most importantly beer, Fairplex security did an outstanding job and made sure that all in attendance had fun and remained safe.

Monique Millian can be reached at monique.millian@laverne.edu.

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