Thou­sands head to Ok­to­ber­fest

Imperial Valley Press - - BUSINESS -

MU­NICH (AP) — The beer is flow­ing again at Mu­nich’s fa­bled Ok­to­ber­fest.

Mayor Di­eter Reiter in­serted the tap into the first keg Satur­day with two blows of his ham­mer and the cry of “O’zapft is” — “It’s tapped.”

About 6 mil­lion vis­i­tors are ex­pected to come to Mu­nich for the 184th Ok­to­ber­fest, which runs through Oct. 3.

The prices for a big mug of beer have gone up again and vis­i­tors have to pay 10.95 eu­ros (about $13) per glass — 25 cents more than last year.

Revel­ers also face in­creased se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions be­cause of pos­si­ble at­tacks. Huge flower pots block the en­trances to the fest’s lawn, more video cam­eras are in­stalled and a new loud­speaker sys­tem has been ac­ti­vated to guide vis­i­tors off the fes­ti­val’s grounds if nec­es­sary.

Young people strug­gle for beer dur­ing the open­ing of the 184th Ok­to­ber­fest beer fes­ti­val in Mu­nich, Ger­many, on Satur­day. The world’s largest beer fes­ti­val will be held from Satur­day un­til Oct. 3. AP PHOTO

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