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Oktoberfest underway in Stowe

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If you've never been to Germany and you've got a craving for some bratwurst topped off with the rollicking sounds of German music, then the 17th annual Oktoberfest is exactly where you want to be.

Last year, Oktoberfest helped raise more than $50,000 for local charities. This year, organizers hope to do the same, while giving residents a taste of German culture.

Phillip Trotin visits Oktoberfest every year with his German dog, Jasper. "People seem to like to look at him so we come every year, people take pictures and we have a great time," Trotin explained.

There's good food, great music and one German tradition you can't forget -- the beer. Medium trap lager, Oktoberfest specialty brew and the hellas are all on tap, but only one can come out on top.

"I believe it is the Oktoberfest, based on our pours." said Paul Spera with the Trapp Family Lodge.

"My hands will show that it's the Oktoberfest." And when you're done tasting, "Everybody has an Oktoberfest lager and they start to yodel," says Spera.

But whether you're into yodeling or the Mad Bavarian Brass band, the Stowe field has transformed into a German village giving visitors the full experience.

"This is my first one," says Christopher Loura, a visitor at the festival. "I'll have to wait another year, 12 months. That's alright it will go by quickly." So until next year, goodbye, or auf Wiedersehen!

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