IF IT'S CALLED OKTOBERFEST, WHY IS IT HELD IN SEPTEMBER?

The first Oktoberfest was held Oct. 12-17, 1810, in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The celebration became an annual one and was prolonged in later years. It was then moved to September when the nights were warmer and visitors were able to enjoy their beer in outdoor gardens.

Local Oktoberfest celebrations include:

LOVETTSVILLE DINNER AND SWING DANCE:

Traditional German-style meal and live orchestra dance with polkas, waltzes and more. 5:30-9:30 p.m. tomorrow, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. $5, dinner; $3, children; $8, dance; $15, couple. 540-822-5284.

VINT HILL OKTOBERFEST:

Live German entertainment and dancing; beer, wine and German food; artisans, children's activities, hayrides, reptile show and face painting. Rain or shine. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Vint Hill, 4200 Aiken Dr., Warrenton. Free admission. A portion of the food and beverage sales will be donated to the Fauquier Free Clinic. 540-347-6965.

BARKTOBERFEST FUNDRAISER:

Music festival, raffles, silent auction, food, musical instrument petting zoo and games. Meet canines and felines available for adoption. Sponsored by Friends of Homeless Animals and Melodee Music. Noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Melodee Music outdoor amphitheater, 46077 Lake Center Plaza, Sterling. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Rain date is Oct. 10. $5, suggested optional donation. 703-450-4667 or www.barktoberfest.org.

Don Christian cooked up German sausage at last year's Lovettsville Oktoberfest, one of a few such festivals held locally this time of year.