Beer tents packed as Munich's first non-smoking Oktoberfest opens

on 18/09/10 at 7:23 pm


Munich – The beer tents at Oktoberfest were packed Saturday even before the mayor of Munich, Christian Ude, had officially inaugurated the annual festival beer with two whacks of a hammer to open the first keg.

This year’s Oktoberfest, set to run till October 4, is the first where smoking is banned. Munich is standing by for 6 million visits.

At noon, Ude, wearing Bavarian leather shorts and a green apron, performed the traditional opening ceremony: hammering a tap into the first wooden barrel of beer using a 3-kilogram hand mallet. He then handed out mugs of beer to VIP guests.

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