Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-
Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.
Poor Therese must have had a time of it given that "Ludwig's rule was strongly affected by his enthusiasm for the arts and women and by his overreaching royal assertiveness." Not to mention 9 pregnancies, but I diverge!!
In 1811 an added feature to the horse races was the first Agricultural Show, designed to boost Bavarian agriculture. The horse races, which were the oldest and -
The emperor Napoleon rather rudely interrupted the celebration of the Oktoberfest which was cancelled in 1813, by trying to take over Europe, so the festivities were suspended until 1815.
In the first few decades the choice of amusements was sparse. The first carousel and two swings were set up in 1818. Visitors were able to quench their thirst at small beer stands which grew rapidly in number. In 1896 the beer stands were replaced by the first beer tents and halls set up by enterprising landlords with the backing of the breweries.
The remainder of the festival site was taken up by a fun-
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