Oktoberfest celebrations are coming up fast! And, this year's celebration in Tempe, Arizona (near Phoenix) is including a new festivity: vow renewals.
Why vow renewals? Well, it seems Oktoberfest started out in 1810 in Munich as a wedding celebration, when Bavaria's Crown Prince Ludwig married Therese of Saxon-Hildburghausen. The celebration lasted five days (imagine that wedding bill!), and they had so much fun they repeated the celebration the next year, and the next, and, well, you know the rest of the story. Now we all celebrate Oktoberfest.
For the celebration in Tempe, couples are invited to register for a chance to renew their vows on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. in the Oktoberfest Polka garden at Tempe Beach Park. (Tempe has a Beach Park? Yeah, that surprises me too.)
To be part of the vow renewal, couples have to register at ArizonaWeddings.com by Monday, September 22, 2008. Thirty-six couples will be chosen to win food and drink at the festival, plus gifts and a entry into a drawing for a special prize. You have to a legally-married couple in order to participate, as well as be a resident of Arizona. When you go to the website to register, you'll find the Oktoberfest banner at the bottom right of the page. Click it and go to info on how to register.
But, even if you don't plan to renew your vows, you still might want to check out the Oktoberfest festivities. Tempe Beach Park at Tempe Town Lake is located at 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway near downtown Tempe and near Arizona state University.