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Here's why the Washington state town of Leavenworth is the Oktoberfest capital of America

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Here's why the Washington state town of Leavenworth is the Oktoberfest capital of America

WATCH  | While many cities have variations of Oktoberfest, Leavenworth, Washington, has gained notoriety for its traditional Bavarian village-like scenery and events which attract more than a million tourists each year.

Oktoberfest began in Munich, Germany in 1810 as a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig I -- a feast on the outskirts of Munich where guests would drink, eat and celebrate. Since it became such a success, it has become a yearly tradition now enjoyed by more than 10 million people.

Projekt Bayern, a nonprofit organization, was established to publicize and boost the old-world Bavarian theme throughout Leavenworth and surrounding areas. 

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Projekt Bayern came up with the concept of an authentic Oktoberfest celebration in 1998, and the Leavenworth Oktoberfest was held in October of that year.

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In 2003, a second weekend was added, and by 2005, attendance had grown to over 10,000. Leavenworth's festival was ranked as one of the top Oktoberfest celebrations in the country. 

Here's why the Washington state town of Leavenworth is the Oktoberfest capital of America

WATCH  | Oktoberfest is famous for serving bratwursts, turkey legs, pulled pork sandwiches, and, of course, a wide selection of beer.

The all-day and all-night festivities include lively music and dancing.

Would you attend Oktoberfest?

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