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Riders on the "Top-Spin" ride are suspended upside down during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Riders on the "Top-Spin" ride are suspended upside down during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Women in traditional dress pose with beer mugs at the Oktoberfest beer festival

Women in traditional dress pose with beer mugs at the Oktoberfest beer festival

A police officer is given a flower during the marksmen's parade

A police officer is given a flower during the marksmen's parade

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  A traditionally Bavarian dressed young woman enjoys drinking beer at Loewenbraeu beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A traditionally Bavarian dressed young woman enjoys drinking beer at Loewenbraeu beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival drink beer and dance on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival drink beer and dance on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  General inside view of Loewenbraeu beer tent, seen during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: General inside view of Loewenbraeu beer tent, seen during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:Two men talk to each other in front of a merry-go-round on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:Two men talk to each other in front of a merry-go-round on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21:  A man wearing a wig poses with an empty beer mug on September 21 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A man wearing a wig poses with an empty beer mug on September 21 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21:  Three women pose for a picture at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 21 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Three women pose for a picture at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 21 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Bavarian dressed members of a costume club participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed members of a costume club participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  A waiter carries a tray with different Bavarian dishes on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A waiter carries a tray with different Bavarian dishes on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  A waitor carries a tray with different Bavarian dishes on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A waitor carries a tray with different Bavarian dishes on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival drink a mug of beer on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival drink a mug of beer on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  General inside view of Loewenbraeu beer tent, seen during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: General inside view of Loewenbraeu beer tent, seen during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  A man is eating 'Schweinshaxe' (pork) at Loewenbraeu beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A man is eating 'Schweinshaxe' (pork) at Loewenbraeu beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Bavarian dressed young women participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed young women participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

Riders on the "Top-Spin" ride are suspended upside down during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Riders on the "Top-Spin" ride are suspended upside down during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Riders on the "Top-Spin" ride are suspended upside down during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Riders on the "Top-Spin" ride are suspended upside down during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Traditionally Bavarian dressed young people enjoy drinking beer at Loewenbraeu beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Traditionally Bavarian dressed young people enjoy drinking beer at Loewenbraeu beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Traditionally Bavarian dressed young men enjoy drinking beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Traditionally Bavarian dressed young men enjoy drinking beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  A traditionally Bavarian dressed woman enjoys drinking beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A traditionally Bavarian dressed woman enjoys drinking beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  General inside view of Schottenhamel beer tent seen during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: General inside view of Schottenhamel beer tent seen during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Traditionally Bavarian dressed young people enjoy drinking beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Traditionally Bavarian dressed young people enjoy drinking beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  People fill the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: People fill the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  General view of the main axe, the so called street of beer tents, seen during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: General view of the main axe, the so called street of beer tents, seen during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A waitress carries plates with Bavarian food at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries plates with Bavarian food at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  General view of the main axe, the so-called street of beer tents, seen during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: General view of the main axe, the so-called street of beer tents, seen during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Bavarian dressed members of a brass band participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed members of a brass band participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Members of a band march participate in the traditional riflemen's parade  on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Members of a band march participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  A Bavarian dressed child participates sleeping in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A Bavarian dressed child participates sleeping in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival drink a mug of beer on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival drink a mug of beer on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Bavarian dressed members of a participate participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed members of a participate participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Bavarian dressed members of a participate participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed members of a participate participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  A Bavarian dressed member of a brass band participates in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A Bavarian dressed member of a brass band participates in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  A Bavarian dressed member of a brass band participates in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A Bavarian dressed member of a brass band participates in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Bavarian dressed young women participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed young women participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A young women (R), disguised as 'Muenchner Kindl', symbol of the city of Munich greets during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A young women (R), disguised as 'Muenchner Kindl', symbol of the city of Munich greets during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Bavarian dressed people participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed people participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Visitors take pictures with digital camera during day 1 of the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors take pictures with digital camera during day 1 of the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A visitor of the Oktoberfest sleeps on a meadow on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A visitor of the Oktoberfest sleeps on a meadow on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival ride on the 'Top-Spin' on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival ride on the 'Top-Spin' on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  General view shows the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: General view shows the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  General viw shows the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: General viw shows the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival ride on the 'Top-Spin' on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival ride on the 'Top-Spin' on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A merry-go-round is seen during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A merry-go-round is seen during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Bavarian dressed young men sit in front of auto scooter on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed young men sit in front of auto scooter on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  People fill the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: People fill the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  People fill the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: People fill the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.

Johannes Simon

Young women wave with their beer steins while riding a decorated coach to the opening of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Some six million visitors from around the globe are expected to come to the Bavarian capital, until the end of the world famous beer festival on Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Young women wave with their beer steins while riding a decorated coach to the opening of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Some six million visitors from around the globe are expected to come to the Bavarian capital, until the end of the world famous beer festival on Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Matthias Schrader

Young women seen with their beer steins while riding a decorated coach to the opening of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Some six million visitors from around the globe are expected to come to the Bavarian capital, until the end of the world famous beer festival on Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Young women seen with their beer steins while riding a decorated coach to the opening of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Some six million visitors from around the globe are expected to come to the Bavarian capital, until the end of the world famous beer festival on Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Matthias Schrader

Munich mayor Christian Ude, left, toasts with Bavarian state governor Horst Seehofer, right, after Ude  tapped the first beer barrel on the first day of the Oktoberfest in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The worlds largest beer-festival lasts until Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Uwe Lein)

Munich mayor Christian Ude, left, toasts with Bavarian state governor Horst Seehofer, right, after Ude tapped the first beer barrel on the first day of the Oktoberfest in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The worlds largest beer-festival lasts until Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Uwe Lein)

UWE LEIN

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A visitor of a beer tent poses for a picture on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A visitor of a beer tent poses for a picture on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A visitor of a beer tent poses for a picture on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A visitor of a beer tent poses for a picture on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A waitress carries beer mugs at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Visitors fight for the first 'Mass' (1 l mug) beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors fight for the first 'Mass' (1 l mug) beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Japanese visitors of the Lowenbraeu beer tent pose for a picture on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Japanese visitors of the Lowenbraeu beer tent pose for a picture on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

A waiter serves the first mugs of beer following the opening ceremony of the 176th Oktoberfest in a festival tent in Munich, southern Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The world's largest beer-festival lasts until Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Christof Stache)

A waiter serves the first mugs of beer following the opening ceremony of the 176th Oktoberfest in a festival tent in Munich, southern Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The world's largest beer-festival lasts until Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Christof Stache)

Christof Stache

Visitors raise their beer mugs in a beer tent at the start of the world renown Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday,  Sept. 19, 2009. The beer  festival will see millions of visitors from all over the world.(AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)

Visitors raise their beer mugs in a beer tent at the start of the world renown Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The beer festival will see millions of visitors from all over the world.(AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)

Diether Endlicher

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Men wearing traditional Bavarian clothes cheer with beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Men wearing traditional Bavarian clothes cheer with beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A waitress carries beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Munich's mayor Christian Ude opens the first beer barrel with the traditional cry  'It's tapped!' to start the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Munich's mayor Christian Ude opens the first beer barrel with the traditional cry 'It's tapped!' to start the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A waitress carries beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A waitress carries beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Visitors wait for the first 'Mass' beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors wait for the first 'Mass' beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A man wears a hops crown during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A man wears a hops crown during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Bavarian dressed musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Horse carriages participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Horse carriages participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Bavarian dressed legs are seen during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed legs are seen during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A waitress carries beer mugs at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Visitors enjoy the first 'Mass' beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors enjoy the first 'Mass' beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A waitress carries beer mugs at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A waitress is selling beer to visitors at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress is selling beer to visitors at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Visitors fight for the first 'Mass' (1 l mug) beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors fight for the first 'Mass' (1 l mug) beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A young women (R), disguised as 'Muenchner Kindl', symbol of the city of Munich greets during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A young women (R), disguised as 'Muenchner Kindl', symbol of the city of Munich greets during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Joachim Fuchsberger and his wife Gundel attend the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joachim Fuchsberger;Gundel Fuchsberger

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Joachim Fuchsberger and his wife Gundel attend the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joachim Fuchsberger;Gundel Fuchsberger

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Fritz Wepper (L) and Susanne Porsche (R)attend the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fritz Wepper;Susanne Porsche

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Fritz Wepper (L) and Susanne Porsche (R)attend the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fritz Wepper;Susanne Porsche

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Fritz Wepper (L) and Susanne Porsche (R) attend the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fritz Wepper;Susanne Porsche

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Fritz Wepper (L) and Susanne Porsche (R) attend the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fritz Wepper;Susanne Porsche

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Young women greet with beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Young women greet with beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Young women greet with beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Young women greet with beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Waitresses put on their aprons in the early morning hours at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Waitresses put on their aprons in the early morning hours at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

Figures for July to September this year appear to show a shocking number of workers on casual and part-time work

Figures for July to September this year appear to show a shocking number of workers on casual and part-time work

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  The beer barrels for the opening ceremony arrive at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: The beer barrels for the opening ceremony arrive at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Miguel Villagran

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A Bavarian dressed girl looks on during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A Bavarian dressed girl looks on during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Bavarian dressed women participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed women participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Visitors watch the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors watch the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Visitors watch the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors watch the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Beer barrels are stored on a horse carriage during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Beer barrels are stored on a horse carriage during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Young women greet with beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Young women greet with beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  A young woman waits for the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A young woman waits for the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Beer barrels are stored on a horse carriage during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Beer barrels are stored on a horse carriage during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Bavarian dressed musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Johannes Simon

Norbert Dobeleit and Tamara Sedmak attend the Boris Becker Oktoberfest Golf trophy party at the Hippodrom tent on September 28, 2008 in Munich, Germany

Norbert Dobeleit and Tamara Sedmak attend the Boris Becker Oktoberfest Golf trophy party at the Hippodrom tent on September 28, 2008 in Munich, Germany

Sandy Meyer-Woelden arrives for the Boris Becker Oktoberfest Golf trophy party at the Hippodrom tent on September 28, 2008 in Munich, Germany

Sandy Meyer-Woelden arrives for the Boris Becker Oktoberfest Golf trophy party at the Hippodrom tent on September 28, 2008 in Munich, Germany

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Riders on the "Top-Spin" ride are suspended upside down during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Germany's Oktoberfest organisers are planning to use bacteria to wipe out its more pungent odours.

The Munich organisers of the world's most famous beer festival, claim that a smoking ban, which will come in to force at the festival this year, will remove the usual stench of cigarette smoke which previously hid the unpleasant smell of stale beer.



The extraordinary measures are to be enforced in the Oktoberfest's renowned Hofbräu beer tent and at least two other tents when the festival opens this weekend. The aim is to kill off the smell left by the gallons of beer routinely spilled on to the wooden floors of the tents, leaving a stale odour behind.



The Oktoberfest's organisers have dismissed charges that they have become fastidious or absurdly politically correct.



Ricky Steinberg, the manager of the Oktoberfest's Hofbräu tent, says the experience of Munich pub and club owners following the introduction of a state-wide smoking ban last month shows the threat posed by the odour of stale beer should not be underestimated.



"The night club owners say the smell has become very bad since the smoking ban was enforced," he told the city's Merkur newspaper.



From this Saturday, when the Oktoberfest opens for three weeks and marks its 200th anniversary, a special odour killing bacteria called Elbomex will be poured on to the floorboards of the Hofbräu and other festival tents. It will be the first Blitzkrieg against stale beer odour in German history. Elbomex, which is sometimes used to rejuvenate garden soil, is produced by a Bavarian company which sells commercial dishwashers. However the company insists that the bacteria are also useful in eliminating smells caused by cesspits and compost heaps and will be effective in combating stale beer smells.

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The Hofbräu brewery hopes that the bacteria will provide a fresher atmosphere in which festival goers will feel encouraged to drink the Oktoberfest's traditional one litre measures of beer and eat the spit roasted chickens, grilled pigs' trotters and roast ox which are favourite food offerings at the event.



Having started out as a cattle market for farmers, the official Oktoberfest was first held in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.



Once dismissed as a drinking factory for thigh-slapping Bavarians in leather shorts, it has now become one of Germany's most fashionable events, attracting unprecedented crowds of twentysomething visitors who delight in dressing up in traditional Bavarian costumes. "The Oktoberfest has discarded its old fashioned image and is chic again, especially for the young," wrote Der Spiegel magazine



The fact that 60 per cent of Oktoberfest visitors are largely non-smoking under-30-year-olds may account for the brewers' fears of an increased aversion among festival goers to the smell of stale beer.



At last year's Oktoberfest, beer consumption rose to 6.5 million litres. This year Munich's brewers are expecting to easily top that figure. To mark the festival's 200th anniversary, they have temporarily suspended the fierce competition that exists between them and joined forces to produce a special jubilee beer for the occasion.



The brewers claim the amber coloured ale, brewed to a secret recipe, is an improved version of the beer that was drunk at the festival 200 years ago. "It is full-bodied in taste with a flowery malt aroma," they announced in a joint statement.



At 6 per cent alcohol, it will also be considerably stronger than the average Bavarian beer and capable, no doubt, of making drinkers temporarily oblivious to any wayward whiff of stale ale.

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