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Helen Oktoberfest: Celebrating German Food and Drink for Over 50 Years

It’s one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations this side of Munich or the German-American enclaves of Michigan and Wisconsin. The made-in-America Alpine town of Helen in north Georgia recreates the world’s most cel­ebrated beer festival with a polka band’s gusto.

As with the gathering of Munich’s major brew­ers each year, the seasonal celebration in Helen is all about beer, food, music, singing and dancing. While not nearly as big as the gigantic tents on the 100 acres of former wheat fields in Munich, there are plenty of tents set up around town dur­ing the festival, where Bavarian paint schemes are enhanced by authentic bands and a plethora of lederhosen, dirndls and high-tufted Tyrolean hats.

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