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Germany starts Oktoberfest celebration

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

For the next 16 days, the people of Germany will celebrate 180 years of good beer during the festival of Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest is an annual event that draws around 6 million people from around the globe to Germany each year.

It originated in 1810, and continues to be celebrated not only in Germany, but in places across the world.

The mayor of Munich started the celebration on Saturday this year by tapping into the first barrel. He handed off the first mug of beer to the Bavarian Prime Minister.

This year, the festivities will run until the first weekend in October.

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