Prost to Oktoberfest
To experience the chicken dance yourself or simply enjoy a mug of beer, plan to join the Oktoberfest activities Oct. 19-22 at River West Festival Park.
This year's Oktoberfest poster
Oktoberfest isn’t only a time to set your inhibitions aside and do the chicken dance, it’s also a time to honor the tradition of beer and merriment. Tulsa artist Mattie Gilliland created this year’s Oktoberfest poster. Attending the annual festival is something he remembers doing since he was a boy.
“I wasn’t old enough to really appreciate what was going on, but I remember being enthralled by the traditional music — and it was the first time I ever experienced the simple joy of a pretzel with mustard,” Gilliland says.
This initial impression, along with Gilliland’s fascination with heraldry, is what moved him to create this year’s winning poster design. He was inspired by the German and American coats of arms and the brotherhood between the two countries. It made sense to Gilliland to depict each on steins clinking together in fraternity and celebration.
To experience the chicken dance yourself or simply enjoy a mug of beer, plan to join the Oktoberfest activities Oct. 19-22 at River West Festival Park. Visit tulsaoktoberfest.org for more information and to purchase tickets.