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40th Annual Oktoberfest

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LAWTON, Okla._

Visitors headed to the Great Plains Coliseum for the 40th Annual Oktoberfest. Friday and Saturday, polka music filled the air.

Oktoberfest is a 16 day festival held every year in Munich, Germany, but it's celebrated across the country every year. Great food, drinks, music, dancing, and a special atmosphere that only comes around once a year brought people of all ages to Lawton's Oktoberfest. 

"German beer!" said Donna Little.

"The music... and the beer." said Shawna Bjork

"Potato salad and bratwurst? bratwurst!" said Bonnie Hacker.

But for one woman, the festival takes her back to her home of Germany, a special experience.

"It brings memories, I've been here for 42 years, so it brings memories," said Loree Layton. She has come to the Lawton Oktoberfest for years, and this year she came with her neighbor, Donna Little who said she came for the beer and fun.

"We're enjoying ourselves, we've gone around, we've talked to people and we like to meet people," said Little.

She said the festival is a perfect event for the whole community.

"This is the perfect time to bring your family and kids out to have a good time right now, and then if you are older, people who are couples who want to party come out later tonight," said Little.

A clear crowd favorite was first time beer server, Shawna Bjork. She said that it's actually the festival's music that she enjoyed the most.

"They're awesome. They did '99 luftballons.' I don't think they've ever done that one before, but they gave it an attempt, and it was awesome and they did 'do has.' They had people hopping in here.  It was pretty cool," said Bjork

It was the people that go all out dressed in German garb that really make the event.

"This is real. This is from Germany," said Bonnie Hacker after she showed off her German clothing as she came to support a Lawton event.

She came to support a Lawton event, but she did more than just attend.




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