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Oktoberfest called a ‘huge success’

By Staff | Oct 30, 2009

Oktoberfest was a huge success this year due to the event attracting a larger crowd then the previous year, according to festival organizers.
Oktoberfest chairperson Paul Mills said the two-weekend event brought in a total of 32,000 people. On the second Saturday, the biggest crowd of 10,300 people attended.
Mills said the event was outstanding thanks to everybody’s efforts. The German-based band Zimmermanns Kapelle was outstanding, he added.
“I think they brought the crowd in,” Mills said. “The tent was packed.”
The event featured 630 volunteers, some of whom worked double shifts; 30 exhibitors; 15 carnival workers with the Ferris wheels; and eight outside vendors.
Mills said a total of 707 beer kegs were used during the event.
A total of 3,050 pounds of pork hoxen, 10,000 sausage sandwiches, 2,300 pounds of sausage dinners, 3,000 potato pancakes, 2,300 pounds of potato salad, 2,900 pounds of sauerkraut and 1,480 chicken dinners were served.
Mills said this year’s event was very well received, adding that almost everything had higher numbers than the previous year.
“I would like to thank the people that showed up and made it such a huge success,” he said. “I hope they show up for our 25th next year.”
The planning for the 25th Oktoberfest will begin soon, Mills said, which usually takes an entire year to get everything together.
“I hope we can come up with something special for our silver anniversary,” he said.