Cullman Oktoberfest                October 4-11 2014
German Heritage, Southern STyle

 

Burger Guyjohn Cullmann

 Cullman Oktoberfest

"After traveling around the country and arriving in North Alabama the impression was made upon my mind that if this country was filled up with good farmers it would be the garden spot of America. I found here all that I had been looking for, all that I regarded as necessary to make good homes: there was here combined these things to an extent not equaled by any other place I had seen." - Col. John G. Cullmann, 1877

Throughout the years, Cullman has been host to many festive events, from Pioneer Parades, to Strawberry Days, to Oktoberfest. No matter what event is celebrated, this community shows her pride and support.

 The first official Oktoberfest in Cullman was held October 9-17, 1982 and had a theme: Die Duetsche colonie von Nord Alabama-heir the living is good! Events included German Food, genealogical exhibits, prizes, doll collections, polkas, folk dancers, square dancers, games, open house church sanctuaries, a children’s fun run, Weiss cottage tours, and more.  Sponsors for these events where: Downtown Merchant Association, the All Steak, Central Bank of Cullman, First Alabama Bank, Leeth National Bank, Parker Bank and Trust, Sacred Heart School PTA, Cullman Savings and Loan, First Federal Saving and Loan, St Paul’s Lutheran Church and Stiefelmeyer’s Deli.
Every year after, starting the first Saturday in October, we have one goal; to celebrate Cullman’s German heritage. Some events change, some sponsors change, but we stay true to our mission.

In the past, the Oktoberfest Board wrestled with, how you can be an Oktoberfest without beer? But in the end, not having beer made us no less proud of who we are or where we lived.
 In November 2010, the residents of the City of Cullman voted to allow legalized sale of Alcohol in the city limits. This in turn, allowed Cullman Oktoberfest to include a beer garden to the list of venues for 2011. Cullman Oktoberfest 2011 was a huge success.

Traditional German music could be heard at the Festhalle Mark Platz, Women and girls in Dirndl’s, men in Lederhosen danced to the oompa band, visited the beer garden, and enjoyed the festivities.
As we plan for 2013 and beyond, events may change, and sponsors may come and go, but we still have one goal: to celebrate Cullman’s German heritage.