Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Few problems confront Oktoberfest organizers

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Despite periodic showers, organizers of the 23rd annual MainStrasse Oktoberfest say the weekend event was one of the smoothest ever.

        “I don't think it ever really rained enough Saturday and Sunday to cause much of a problem,” said Donna Kremer, administrative coordinator for the MainStrasse Village Association. “Friday, when we had that really heavy downpour, they all crammed under the canopies (around the food and arts and crafts booths).

        “Since they were a captive audience, they bought a lot,” Ms. Kremer said.

        During the three-day festival, the MainStrasse Village Association's command center received only 11 complaint calls from residents about issues such as parking and barricade placement, Ms. Kremer said.

        The command center also took three complimentary calls from residents.

        “We've learned how to work with the neighborhood and the police so that we can get problems taken care of faster,” Ms. Kremer said.

        Arrests also were down this year.

        Covington police Spc. George Russell said there were six arrests during the three-day German-themed festival: four for public drunkenness, one for possession of marijuana and one for resisting arrest.

        “That's the lowest amount of arrests we've ever made,” Spc. Russell said.

        “For 150,000 people, that's great.”

        The association's next event, the Village Harvest Celebration, will be Oct. 13 and 14.

        It will feature a Mustang car show in Goebel Park and an antique tractor show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13, as well as the Second Sunday Antique show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14.


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