Oktoberfest 2016 begins with annual Lederhosen Luncheon

Officials are ready for the coming crowds

Oktoberfest officially began Thursday, and festivities kicked off that morning with the annual Lederhosen Luncheon.

The lunch hosted both new and old Oktoberfest royalty. Festers got a taste of some German cuisine, which of course includes brats and sauerkraut.

While there may be a few final touches for events, officials say they are prepared for the crowds.

“We got a great line-up for the weekend. Looks like the weather’s going to be pretty good. We’ve got a few finishing touches to put on, but we’re ready to go,” said Oktoberfest 2016 Board President Alex Lueck.

Festivities continue with the Torchlight Parade at 7 p.m.