BIG BEER PARTY BE­GINS

Herald Sun - - NEWS -

WET weather and en­hanced se­cu­rity did noth­ing to dampen the spir­its of beer en­thu­si­asts as the 184th Ok­to­ber­fest opened in Mu­nich at the week­end.

Six mil­lion peo­ple from all over the world are ex­pected to visit the world’s largest beer fes­ti­val, which runs un­til Oc­to­ber 4.

This year, visi­tors can down­load an app that shows nearby tents with avail­able space. It will also help fes­ti­val-go­ers find lost friends — which will be use­ful as the largest tent fits 10,000 peo­ple.

Ok­to­ber­fest or­gan­is­ers hope more peo­ple will at­tend this year af­ter num­bers dipped in 2016, in part due to fears over ter­ror at­tacks.

Se­cu­rity has since been bol­stered at the fes­ti­val, with back­packs and large bags now banned. En­trances will be watched by more than 650 se­cu­rity guards — 200 more than last year.

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