Oktoberfest!

This past Saturday we headed out to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Va for their annual Oktoberfest celebration.  It seemed especially fitting this year as our dear friend Diana recently moved to Wiesbaden, Germany, and has herself been enjoying Oktoberfest.

Granted, there was no way our Oktoberfest experience was going to surpass hers.  Still, we had never been to the museum before, and it seemed like a perfect way to spend the first beautiful October weekend.

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We met our friends Jessie and Keith and their two kids and sampled some German food and beer before heading out to tour the homesteads.

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To be honest, the food and beer were a disappointment; there was very little to be had and the beer was all American mass-market. Thankfully, the music was fantastic and our company was fun.  The kids had so much fun wandering though all the museums that the rest didn’t matter.

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I loved this lovely stone wall and gate.  I want it at my farm!

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I also love these windows!

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Check out the chimney!  I could very easily live in this old home from 1600″s England! (You know, until it gets too hot, too cold, or too spider-y).

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The Nigerian Pygmy goats were Neve’s favorite.

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Happy Sheep!

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The 1800’s American homestead could easily make a cozy home as well! It was a little more buttoned-up against the elements than the English cottage.

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Look at that lovely wide-plank floor!

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Unfortunately the view just to the right of this, where the barn and cows stood, was marred by a giant “Cracker Barrel” sign rising up on the other side of the highway. I couldn’t manage a decent photo that didn’t include it.

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This cow was such a love!  He licked Neve’s face and let us all pet him to our hearts’ content.  I was ready to bring him home!

The kids have already asked to go back again, so I foresee a new October tradition!

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