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Hattiesburg church hosts annual Oktoberfest celebration

A band plays German music at the annual Oktoberfest celebration at St. John Lutheran Church Saturday. A band plays German music at the annual Oktoberfest celebration at St. John Lutheran Church Saturday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The congregation of one Hub City church opened their doors Saturday to share a bit of old-world culture with the Hattiesburg community. The folks at St. John Lutheran Church hosted an annual "Oktoberfest" celebration.

The event is a fund-raiser for the church's many mission projects.

Visitors were treated to traditional German foods and beverages, while they listened to German music.

Many church members are descendents of german immigrants and a few were born in that country.

"It makes me homesick, because you have the German food, you have the deli, you have all of the favorite things you had when you were growing up," said Doris Schneider, a member of the church who was born in Germany. "And it's just a nice time to have a fellowship with people and share some of the traditions that we have, because this country was founded with people coming from all walks of life and from different countries," she said.

Oktoberfest began as a celebration of a royal wedding in Germany more than 200 years ago.

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