TULSA, Okla — The Linde Oktoberfest was six days full of authentic German food, music, and entertainment.
Sunday was the last chance to experience a piece of Germany in the heart of Tulsa as the Linde Oktoberfest wraps up.
2021 marked the 43rd year of the festival coming to Tulsa.
It kicked off with an authentic Bavarian dinner on Tuesday night and Sunday morning they had their first-ever sit down Bavarian breakfast.
Christian Cypert and his family arrived from Dallas on Thursday to spend all weekend at the popular fall festival. He said this is their sixth time to visit.
“The big draw for us is coming out and watching the glockenspiel," Cypert said.
Festival Director Tonja Carrigg said the idea of bringing the German experience to Tulsa dates back to 1979.
She said the festival started small and has grown over the years.
Last year, many people celebrated the annual tradition virtually due to the fact that the festival was canceled because of the pandemic.
“It was a major bummer, we were really looking forward to it when they canceled it, we didn’t know what to do with ourselves that weekend,” Cypert said.
This year they were happy to be back enjoying the food, beer, and music.
“I think the energy and enthusiasm, the outpouring of participation, from volunteers, from vendors, from our sponsors, it’s all been tremendous, it’s heart-warming to see and that again is what makes Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa one of the top in the nation," Carrigg said.
Vendors like Gerhard Degemann sell beer steins imported from Germany.
“You see all this here, it’s hand-painted. That is unique. People enjoy that, they like that," Degemann said.
2021 was his first year at the festival. He loved it so much that he has made plans to return next fall.
“This is nice people, it’s big, it’s wonderful. A lot of vendors who had said oh you’ve got to try it. So I made already arrangements, I’m going to be here again," Degemann said.
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