By Rebecca J. Williamson
October 6, 2012 (El Cajon)--El Cajon, indeed, will have chickens in their town – not just in ovens---but on hats! Where? Oktoberfest -- held this weekend at the German-American Societies of San Diego, Inc. facility on South Mollison.
According to the “Unofficial Mayor of Oktoberfest” Gitta Kalker Burgermeiter this weekend’s activities (Oct. 5-7) offer even more German fun with the Chicken Hat Contest to be judged by El Cajon Mayor Mark Lewis. The categories for the chicken hat contest are: 1. creative cluck, 2. funniest fowl, and 3. popular poultry. Rumor has it that one German has a taxidermied chicken on his hat that he will be wearing. They claim it is better than Del Mar’s horse racing hat contest day.
No one has to be German to attend but “Mayor” Gitta cautioned that one must have “gemutlichkeit” – or a mindset that induces a cheerful mood, temper, a good feeling for a public festivity. El Cajon’s Oktoberfest officials claim this is the most authentic Oktoberfest in the area. German food, beer, and clothing booths offer up their products with more dancing, music, merriment and even an apple peeling contest plus are slated for next weekend as well.
Their website is: www.germanclubsandiego.org for hours, contest information, and admission price. Bring your gemutlichkeit!