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This week in history: The first Palm Beach County Oktoberfest

The American German Club of the Palm Beaches held its first Oktoberfest in 1974, on the Lantana Road grounds the club purchased in 1970. The club began in 1967 as the Bavarian-American Club, but changed its name in 1970 to welcome all Germans as members, not just Bavarians. And it’s American German rather than German American — unlike the other clubs in the German American Society of Florida — to express that club members are Americans first and Germans second.

Festival goers gather under the pines at the American German Club in 1983. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

Kegs of beer, too numerous to count, stand waiting for the thirsty crowds just outside the festival tent in 1983. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

Dancing to the music of Dick Dreher and the Rheinlanders at the 1983 Oktoberfest (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

Chef Horst Stielow tends to a sampling of the tons of bratwurst, knockwurst, and other sausages served at the 1983 Oktoberfest. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

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Posted in Flashback blog and Our history in photos October 15, 2012 at 9:18 am.

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