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World’s Biggest Beer Bash Opens in Munich

September 19, 1987

MUNICH, West Germany (AP) _ A gun salute welcomed the tapping of the first keg as Munich’s Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer bash, opened Saturday with traditional Bavarian pageantry.

The 154th Oktoberfest is expected to draw about 7 million visitors to the Bavarian capital for the 16-day festival, according to city officials.

Most foreign tourists are expected to come from the United States, Italy and Japan.

Munich Mayor Georg Kronawitter tapped the first keg and offered the stein to Bavarian Gov. Franz Josef Strauss.

Visitors will have to pay up to $3.70 for a liter of brew (just over a quart) at this year’s Oktoberfest, about the same as last year.

Six major Munich breweries have erected huge tents that can seat about 100,000 people at one time.

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