Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Maifest draws 100,000 despite rain



By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COVINGTON - Occasional thunderstorms and overcast skies didn't keep crowds away from the 24th annual Maifest.

Organizers estimated that 100,000 people visited Covington's MainStrasse Village during the three-day festival. That's fewer than the 175,000 projected but about the same as recent Maifests that were plagued by rain.

"It was, in spite of the weather, a good weekend," said Donna Kremer, administrative coordinator of the MainStrasse Village Association.

Although attendance was normal Friday night and Sunday, crowds were smaller during Saturday's continuous rains, Kremer said.

"Even though it rained all day Saturday, we had diehards who were here the entire day," she said.

"The weather didn't cooperate Saturday, but as far as the activity we had down here, it was quiet," said Jerry Bamberger, executive director of the MainStrasse Village Association. "We had very few problems. Our biggest problem was the weather, and that's something you can't control."

Covington Police Sgt. Teal Nally said authorities made seven arrests during the weekend festival, mostly for disorderly conduct.

There also were a couple of arrests for theft from the booths, he said.

E-mail cschroeder@enquirer.com




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