BERLIN, Germany (AFP) – Germany wrapped up its world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival Sunday, reporting that 6.4 million visitors drank 6.7 million liter-sized Mass glasses — more than twice the volume of an Olympic swimming pool — of the amber nectar over 16 days.
The 180th edition of the Munich celebration of beer, lederhosen, dirndl dresses and oompah music was an “extremely relaxed, folk festival fun for every taste,” said organizer Dieter Reiter.
In festival kitchens, 114 oxen and 58 calves fell victim to the appetite of revelers who also washed down with frothy beer other traditional foods like giant pretzels, pork and dumplings.
The number of visitors who needed medical attention during the gigantic beer fest fell 20% to 7,551 said the Red Cross, including 638 cases of alcohol poisoning and many people who suffered cuts from broken glass.
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