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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati wrapped up three days of food, fun, and German heritage in Cincinnati.
“We flew all the way from Punta Gorda, Florida just to be a part of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati,” Rod Feldman said.
Feldman is not alone. By the end of the weekend, more than 500,000 people will have made their way through 2nd and 3rd Streets of downtown Cincinnati.
From the bands to the food, to the beer and the fun, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati served up a winning toast to the end of summer.
With a cold Sam Adams in hand, Ron Strong said this annual tradition caps off his summer.
Strong said he’s been coming to the event since 1976.
The annual celebration of German cultures featured professional eaters on Sunday afternoon. The eaters lined up for a brat eating contest. Event organizers promised something for all ages and the event did not disappoint.
After two years of pandemic limitations, big crowds returned this year, bringing their appetites and pocketbooks.
Eric Geisen, of Izzy’s, said the weekend is always critical for their summer sales.
“We love coming down here. The business has been great,” he said. “It was busy yesterday — real busy.”
Servatii Pastry Shop also rang up big sales, according to Mary VonBargen.
“We’ve been crazy busy. Selling the pretzels, selling the (signature) cream puffs. It’s been great,” VonBargen said.
The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has not totaled up the full revenue for the three days, but clearly injected the city of Cincinnati with a grateful “danke schoen.”
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