Panama City Beach Hosts First Oktoberfest in Aaron Bessant Park

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - With the Fall season underway and Halloween festivities coming up, Panama City Beach kicked off their first Oktoberfest. 

At Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City Beach people celebrated the German culture with the first ever Oktoberfest on the beach. 

"We decided to come, drink some beer, enjoy the music," said Panama City Beach resident Terri Noss. 

Mayor Mike Thomas said it's a good event to draw more people to the beach now that summer is over.

"It's just another piece we are trying to put in there to attract people to the beach in the fall," said Mayor Thomas. 

The two day event kicked off Friday with a keg tapping ceremony. 

"The beer is the main thing!" said David Noss. 

If beer isn't your thing there was a lot of food to go around. 

"There's quite a few food vendors here and as you can tell I like to eat, so that will be a good deal for me," said Mayor Thomas. 

Food vendors sold German classics like bratwursts and pretzels. Dovalina's Wood Fire Pizza even made a German style bratwurst pie.

Many people showed up Friday for the first night and they expect an even bigger crowd tomorrow. 
The event continues tomorrow from 11a.m. to 11p.m. and the Heritage band will perform. Ticket prices vary and are sold online or at the gate. 

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