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Germany's Oktoberfest sees 3.6m visitors

Associated Press Modified: October 1, 2012 at 8:55 am •  Published: September 30, 2012
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BERLIN (AP) — The city of Munich says this year's Oktoberfest folk festival has already attracted an estimated 3.6 million visitors.

Officials are expecting a total of about 6 million visitors to celebrate the 16-day extravaganza, now half over, but the beer festival's start indicates the final number might well be higher.

The city said Sunday that visitors have consumed 3.6 million two-pint (one-liter) mugs of beer so far. A mug, called "mass" in German, of the malty pale beer sells for up to €9.50 ($12.30). Last year's visitors downed almost 8 million mugs.

Locals often visit the Oktoberfest in traditional costumes, with men wearing Bavarian Lederhosen leather shorts and women in bright costumes.

The city says visitors mostly come from Germany, neighboring countries, Italy, the U.S., Asia, New Zealand and Australia.