Oktoberfest Zinzinnati sets attendance record, officials say

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati sets attendance record, officials say
Posted at 11:56 AM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 11:58:18-04

CINCINNATI – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati set an attendance record with 675,000 visitors last weekend, officials said Monday.

That surpasses the 650,000 estimated to have attended the previous three years, according to police estimates.

The reason: “New experiences, longtime favorites, clear weather and a great site,"  said Jill P. Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, producer of the event.

It was the second year Oktoberfest was held on Second and Third streets, away from Fountain Square. The weather was perfect, and the Reds were also in the town for the weekend.

“Without question, the move to Second and Third streets has been a resounding success," said Cynthia Oxley, director of the event. "Quite clearly, Zinzinnati loves the new location and we look forward to 2018."

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2018 is scheduled for Sept. 21-23.

First held in 1976, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati has grown to be America's largest Oktoberfest.