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Mérida’s 15th Oktoberfest is a family affair, moves to larger locale

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Oktoberfest’s organizers dress the part to announce this year’s festivities. Photo: Courtesy

Mérida, Yucatán — The year’s biggest German party around, Oktoberfest Mérida 2017 is a family affair.

The celebration, now in its 15th year, will be held from Oct. 20 to 22 at the Rogers Hall sports complex, Unidad Deportiva Rogers.

Representatives of Mérida’s small German community came out to share details. Wolfgang Rudolf Kresse, accompanied by the owner of the La Bierhaus restaurant, Jürgen Eggers and Schirp Delicatesen’s owner, Fernando Schirp, announced the details of the celebration at the press conference led by Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Jürgen Eggers commented that for three days, visitors will have the opportunity to know more about German culture through its gastronomy, music, dance and language.

“It is not a brewing event, it is a family activity. Children, adolescents and adults flock to this event, people of all ages, and what we want to maintain and promote is the cultural exchange of the two countries. We hope that we will have more visitors, since last edition we could count on an attendance of 6,300 people and this year we want to keep the figure or exceed it in this new location,” said Wolfgang Rudolf Kresse, Germany’s honorary consul.

Oktoberfest runs Friday, Oct. 20 from 6 p,m. to midnight, Saturday, Oct. 21 from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

Tickets are 60 pesos in advance, 70 pesos at the door; children under 15 are free. Buy tickets at www.ticket2go.mx or at La Bierhaus Centro and Col. México, Instituto Kresse at its Montejo and Los Pinos locations, and the Schirp Delicatessen in García Ginerés.

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