Zigge Zagge, Zigge Zagge, Hoi Hoi Hoi!

5. November 2017

Germantown in Memphis, Tennessee, is celebrating its first communal Oktoberfest. By chance, the German Bus Team happened to be in town to help get the party started. 

Germantown is a suburb of Memphis, founded in 1841. Local historians have two running theories as to the town’s name—it was either named after the designer of the town, N.T. German, or because of the small group of Germans who first arrived at the area. With the first residents of Germantown came the first churches, schools, and shops.

During the first world war, the city name was briefly changed to “Neshoba”, an Indian word meaning “wolf”, due to the anti-German sentiment during WWI. Germantown boys serving in the Armed Forces wrote home saying that their fellow soldiers gave them a hard time after seeing the name “Germantown” on their incoming mail. After the war ended, Neshoba once again became Germantown. Check out Germantown Museum for more information on the place!

With the first community Oktoberfest, Germantown celebrates its origin, local German heritage as well as the remaining German language and culture. Many families of third, forth or fifth generation Germans joined in on the festivities. With dedication and passion the German-lovers trained for typical Bavarian dances, yodelling contests and the original polka music with songs like “In heaven there is no beer, that’s why we drink it here”.

We, the German Bus Team were thrilled to be part of the fun. Check out our impressions of the people of Germantown and their way to party like “Zigge Zagge, Zigge Zagge, Hoi Hoi Hoi!”:



Watch the German Bus Team at the Oktoberfest competing in a 4-Bier mile and doing the ultimate authenticity-test:


Claire, 24, works at the German Embassy in Washington (middle)
Jonas, 34, works at the German Foreign Office in Berlin
Eva, 34, is a freelancing Journalist from Berlin (left)