The Oktoberfest 2020 was cancelled. The 187th Munich Oktoberfest is planned to begin on September 18th 2021.

High strikers have been the means of choice for decades for muscle men trying to convince their beloved of their capabilities (to ring a bell).

At times, the Oktoberfest can be quite animalistic – or at least its visitors. The substantiation of this thesis needs particularly little imagination while watching the goings-on around one of the many High Strikers (Hau-den-Lukas). Not uncommonly part of the courtship behavior of suburban rednecks, it’s used to publicly display physical qualities.

But regularly, it’s not the testosterone-charged ostentations, which cause the most delight among the cheering observers. Those tend to be the loudest, when a petite female grasps the hammer with its dirndl-clad grace. Maybe, this attraction is more about esthetics after all.