Munich's Oktoberfest closes on chilly note

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4 October 2004 , MUNICH - Munich's Oktoberfest, an annual celebration of beer-guzzling and Bavarian-flavoured merry-making, closed on a chilly note Sunday with organisers blaming unseasonably cold weather for a downturn in visitors. Less than six million visitors turned out for the 16-day event billed as the world's biggest beer-drinking party. Normally, about seven million show up. Beer consumption was also down about 10 percent, organisers said on the final day. Contributing to the abstemious nature of t

4 October 2004

MUNICH - Munich's Oktoberfest, an annual celebration of beer-guzzling and Bavarian-flavoured merry-making, closed on a chilly note Sunday with organisers blaming unseasonably cold weather for a downturn in visitors.

Less than six million visitors turned out for the 16-day event billed as the world's biggest beer-drinking party. Normally, about seven million show up.

Beer consumption was also down about 10 percent, organisers said on the final day.

Contributing to the abstemious nature of those who showed up at the 14 huge food-and-beverage tents was the fact that a one-litre mug of beer cost nearly 8 dollars - a new Oktoberfest record.

Half a million grilled chickens and local fare such as pan-fried meat, sausages, and pfannakuacha - Bavarian dialect for a jam-filled potato pancakes - helped the beverages go down.

Around 300 specially-trained police officers and 750 stewards were deployed in and around the Oktoberfest grounds for the festivities.

Police stepped up on drink-driving controls on motorways around Munich.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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