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CINCINNATI -- Downtown Cincinnati was host to 600,000 people this weekend, giving Oktoberfest Zinzinnati its highest attendance ever.

The festival saw a weekend increase in attendance by 20 percent compared to last year. An all-time one-day record on Saturday with an increase of 25 percent was also set compared to the same Saturday in 2012.

“Our Saturday crowd was the largest ever in our 38-year history,” said Patrick Sheeran, Vice President of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the producers of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. “We also had an impressive crowd at our first-ever Friday night opening despite nearly three inches of rain falling."

Attendance numbers are projections based on a variety of factors including: vendor feedback, hotel bookings and sales projections and comparisons to previous years.

"When you combine both of those days with an extremely strong turnout for Sunday, we are thrilled with this year’s Oktoberfest and how the event continues to drive awareness and economic impact for our downtown," sayid Sheeran. "It continues to be a world-class event, but the best is always yet to come, and we are already looking toward next year.”

The Chamber announced Monday that Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2014 will continue to be held on the third weekend of September (Sept. 19-21) in conjunction with Cincinnati’s Sister City, Munich. The event will begin with the annual Hillshire Farm Running of the Wieners at noon on that Friday.

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