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Auf Wiedersehen Oktoberfest: Munich Beer Fest a Success

Monday Oct 8, 2018
Waitresses dance in the Hofbraeu tent after the closing of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich.
Waitresses dance in the Hofbraeu tent after the closing of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich.  (Source:Felix Hoerhager/dpa via AP)

More than 6 million visitors, 7.5 million liters of beer, 124 rotisserie oxen and Bill Clinton in lederhosen; another Oktoberfest in Munich has come and gone.

Festival organizers say good fall weather contributed to the fact that 100,000 more people visited this year over last: in all, 6.3 million from about 70 countries. That's despite the fact this year's Oktoberfest, which ended Sunday, was only 16 days long — two days fewer than 2017.

Visitors included former U.S. President Clinton and his wife Hillary, who showed up Friday night — he in traditional Bavarian garb and she in her traditional pantsuit.

Security guards confiscated 101,000 liter-size beer mugs from sticky-fingered guests looking for a souvenir, while Munich authorities said Monday the city had cleaned up 95 tons of garbage during the festival.

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