Since 1989, the event kicks off with a ribbon cutting celebration traditionally including the "Burgermeister" (Mayor) of Frankenmuth, the President of the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce, and a representative from Gunzenhausen, Germany, Frankenmuth's Sister City. This event is immediately followed by the tapping of the "first keg" of Oktoberfest beer. German music, food and dancing are found within the festival tent, while the European marketplace atmosphere of Frankenmuth's Main Street is dressed in fall colors. You will be greated by the smell of fresh grilled bratwurst and soft german pretzels hot from the oven. Taste the full-bodied flavor of an ice cold Frankenmuth beer as you listen and enjoy the oom-pah- pah sounds filling this German platz!