This past weekend was Soulard’s Oktoberfest. It was a three-day festival in Lyon Park, near the Anheuser Busch Brewery in St. Louis. On Saturday I went to cover the event for the Riverfront Times (the slideshow can be seen here). As the title of this blog hints at, I shot the sausage-eating contest, beer-drinking competition, beer-stein holding contest, as well as all the other festivities going on that day. I had never seen anything like it before. Especially the competitions. I was shooting the sausage-eating contest so close I could have ate a brat if I wanted to. As far as the beer-drinking competiton (Beer Fest as they called it) let’s just say I had to back away from shooting when people began to barf. Besides the vomiting, Beer Fest was actually the most fun event I had shot in a long time. A huge crowd filled the tent the competition was in, the teams were all exhilarating, and I ended up getting some sweet photos of the winning team. I compiled some of my favorite images as well as ones that didn’t make the RFT edit.
Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zaggy, Oi! Oi! Oi!