Oktoberfest visitors set records
New marks for beer consumption in Munich, also mug theft
Oct 3, 1999 - This year's visitors to the original Oktoberfest in Munich, set a record for beer consumed at the world's largest Oktoberfest.
The 6.5 million visitors drank 5.8 million liters (almost 1.3 million gallons) of beer during the 16-day run, surpassing the record of 5.6 million liters set in 1997. Unusually warm weather during the first week of the festival boosted beer consumption.
A dubious record was set when officials totaled the number of two-liter mugs stolen - finding that 168,000 were swiped during the festival, compared to 140,000 in 1998.
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