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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Every year the city of Blumenau in the Southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina hosts its own Oktoberfest, celebrating German food, music, beer, culture and the area's deep ancestral roots. In addition to Oktoberfest, the city's German heritage can be witnessed year-round throughout the city from its intact colonial structures to its historically inspired buildings to its museums and additional festivals.

The most well known festival in Blumenau is Oktoberfest, this year running from October 8th to the 26th. Considered the biggest Oktoberfest celebration in South America . . .

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