Beer lovers from all over the world have flocked to the West Germany city of Munich this week to enjoy the city's renowned and traditional beer festival.
GV crowd walking round fairground.
GV exterior Beer Hall.
SV & CU Draymen in traditional costume with decorated horse and dray carrying barrels (3 shots).
SV & LV people on fairground rides (3 shots)
LV PAN two young competitors starts in bullock race (2 shots).
SV PAN older competitors start race.
SV PAN race in progress and rider falls off.
SV another rider comes off.
LV rider chasing bullock.
SV rider steering bullock by tail.
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Background: Beer lovers from all over the world have flocked to the West Germany city of Munich this week to enjoy the city's renowned and traditional beer festival.
The festival opened last Saturday (20 September) when the first barrel of the celebrated special October brew was ceremonially tapped by Munich's mayor, Georg Kronawitter. The stream of malted liquor from that barrel began a flood of millions of litres of beer until the festival ends of 5 October.
Oktoberfest -- as it is known in West Germany -- dates back to 1810, when it was part of the wedding celebrations for the Bavarian Crown Prince. The people of Munich decided it was a good thing and made it an annual event.
Brewers this year are expecting at least five million visitors during the 16-day festival, slaking their thirst on the special October beer at 3.75 marks per litre (39 pence sterling per pint).
The record for the Oktoberfest -- set in 1973 -- will be hard to beat. Well over a million pork sausages were washed down with the help of an astounding 4,269,200 litres (934,000 gallons) of beer.
One special attraction -- apart from the beer, the food, the traditional Bavarian costumes, drinking, songs and the fairground -- is a daredevil oxen race. This year's rave took place on Sunday (21 September). It provided spectators with a lot of amusement as unlucky competitors found that the oxen -- and perhaps the beer -- were too much for them to handle.