Nugget of Knowledge: Autumn traditions

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Octoberfest was created to commemorate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxon in October of 1810.

Citizens celebrated again the following year, and the year after that, and the year after that. Soon, beer stands had given way to beer tents.

Corn mazes were first was created in 1993 at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. Creator Don Frantz had also produced Super Bowl halftime shows and Broadway musicals such as “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Homecoming is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s and was invented to encourage alumni to come back to visit and bring money into the local community.

Haunted houses were walkthroughs of scary homes that began in 1969. Historians say Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion started this tradition. Within a few years, copies had popped up all over the country.

Tailgating began in 1904, when people started traveling to games by train. Hungry after a long journey, fans brought pregame snacks to enjoy before kickoff. And in 1919, Green Bay Packers fans began to back up their trucks to the edge of the field to serve as bleachers and munched as they watched.

The new TV season, back in radio days, New York-based radio productions used to shut down for the summer so actors could escape to the Catskills or Cape Cod to get away from the summer heat. When many radio stars made the switch to TV, the tradition continued. There were no new shows in the summer, and most people tend to watch less TV in the summer anyway.

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