Everything you always wanted to know about Oktoberfest
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Each year, the "Munich Child" (Münchner Kindl) opens the fest, reviving the 800 year old crest of the city. While first drawings of the crest showed a monk in a frock, but about 150 years ago it got changed to show a young girl in the frock. Anyway, this year the child is played by Stefanie Krätz, daughter of tent owners Sepp und Gabriele Krätz who run the Hippodrom tent.