The committee has been asked this many times. There is no objective answer. It was originally created to recognize the person who best embodies the spirit of Oktoberfest .
The committee members each cast one vote for ROY. The committee consists of all former ROYs plus The executive committee of Hoff, Pudge, Bad Monkey, and The Godfather (Vondy used to be on the committee but due to lack of priorities he's on the outs and hoping to get back in)
So, what does it take to become ROY?
Here's a chronology with a sentence or two description of each ROY
ROY 03 Der Stinker Visited with everyone, drank as much as anyone, made friends with the locals, smiled and laughed for 3 days straight. We created the award to recognize how awesome of a time he had at Oktoberfest. He also came up with the coveted Green Hat as the trophy.
ROY 04 Vondy's dad 70+ years old, had one or two masses per day, jovial, friendly, funny stories, had a great time all around
ROY 05 LarBud Larry is a Brain surgeon and on the flight over resuscitated a person on the airplane. If that wasn't enough, he partied like a rockstar for 3 days
ROY 06 Uberstud Ronnie is also a brain surgeon. Have you seen the video of Ronnie's dance? Nuf said. If not, look for Ronnies Dance on Youtube. It has over 13000 views
ROY07 Seven What do we say about 7? He dances, drinks, stomps on the tables, meets all the local people and is non stop high energy from 10:00-22:30
ROY 08 Blackout Met every single cute girl (and some married ones) in the tent, brought them over to the tables to introduce them to the gang, sings like he's in the shower, and can carry 12 masses at one time. First member of the Midwest Mafia to take the title east of the Mississippi
ROY 09 Vedo Little Mikey is the only ROY to ever pass out at the table. He won one for the thumb.Plus he can outchug virtually everyone except his dad!
ROY10 D Unit A schoolteacher that called in sick with "pink eye" during the first weeks of school so he could attend. Traded his plastic Casio watch for a $50k Rolex for the weekend and made friends with everyone in the tent, especially the local talent. Was going to attend this year but has a baby that is coming any minute
ROY11 Hammer Despite one NEVER having to get into a taxi or a bus, he wound up on a bus at the end of the night and got a tap on the shoulder from the driver to tell him this is the end of the line. He speaks no German, but pointed to his shoulder with the hotel on it and managed to find a taxi to take him the 30km back to the hotel
ROY12 Cirrhosis Maximus paraded around Munich with a Roman Emperor's helmet all weekend. Made friends throughout the tent
ROY13 Drunkenstein was the first guy who acted like a frat bro and still won the ROY award. He did it with a great spirit, traded shirts with an RAF pilot, and met local people throughout the weekend.
ROY 14 Don't know who, but i expect this person will have a great time meeting the Hacker Herren, the local people, will recruit some local talent to have a few masses with the Hacker Herren, will not be the drunkest dude at the table, will get some food afterward with the gang, will tell funny stories, will help anyone in need, and will embody the Spirit of Oktoberfest
Prost to all the Rookies. "You think you know, but you have no idea"- ROY10