The Ferris wheel as a pioneer for accessibility
"The Oktoberfest is there for everyone - and we must not exclude any population groups," explained Kerstin Schreyer, Bavarian State Minister for Family Affairs, Labor and Social Affairs. Since the Ferris wheel has had a barrier-free entrance and disabled toilets since 1979, it was high time to honour the operators Gabriele Willenborg, son Sebastian and Eckehard Vogel for their commitment. Together with Mayor Pretzl, she presented the signet "Bayern barrierefrei" to the family, who were visibly delighted and soon wanted to attach the board to the driving gear. The signet is intended to set an example and serve as a role model for others.
(Pictured above from the left: Christian Löhr, Representative for Disabled Persons of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Minister of State Kerstin Schreyer, Eckehard Vogel, Mayor Manuel Pretzl, Gabriele and Sebastian Willenborg.)