I can't believe I'm writing this, but yes, I do believe we have experienced our last Oktoberfeest. We had no clue that when we moved to the Netherlands from Germany three years ago, we would actually have more opportunities to participate in local Oktoberfest celebrations than when in Wiesbaden. Once thing is for sure, Sittard puts out all the stops for their version of Oktoberfest, actually called OktoberFEEST! For five days, the city center becomes a playground with carnival (or kermis) attractions filling the Markt and lining the streets to the festival grounds. There are four beer tents set up, each with their own lively entertainment schedule and a fireworks finale on the last night. Jon and I have enjoyed feesting it up each October for the past three years and will miss this special Sittard tradition immensely.
|Herr and Frau Clough|
Luckily, we went out with a bang this year with a great group of friends we were able to feest with. Just as we will miss this event, we will certainly miss each of these friends we've had the opportunity to know while living here. Without which, our time here wouldn't have been quite as sweet. Although Oktoberfeest may be behind us, we still have the grand finale of Carnaval ahead to look forward to. Until then, Prost!
|The lovely dirndl-wearing ladies of Oktoberfeest|
|Enjoying a beer in the Tirolean Alps|
|The boys - aren't they cute in their lederhosen.|