Galion’s Oktoberfest draws 25,000


The big slide at the Oktoberfest was very popular for attendees. From left, Lexis McCombs, Araya Johnson and Laynee Schroeder slide on Saturday.


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Last weekend’s Oktoberfest set a new record by drawing 25,000 over the three-day event, according to organizer Kent Gimbel.

“We had 14,000 on Saturday night alone,” he said.

A big reason for the event’s success was the headliner Elvis Aaron Presley Jr. and Electric Circus.

Gimbel said both acts drew a lot of attention.

“The entertainment was great,” he said.

Presley has already been confirmed for next year’s event, which will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

“He will bring a Las Vegas show with impersonators including Ricky Nelson and Wayne Newton,” Gimbel said.

Vendors who took part also had a successful weekend.

“Bourbon Chicken sold 1,060 pounds of chicken,” Gimbel said. “Joe Nagy, the vendor who was selling elk sandwiches, sold out by 8 p.m. Saturday.”

The organizer also said he feels that this event as well as the upcoming Connections Weekend will be helped by being on separate weekends this year. Both events were held on the same weekend last year, but Connections will be held in October this year.

“The Oktoberfest was great.” Gimbel said. “We were able to see people we haven’t seen in previous years and the school was able to have a booth to promote its upcoming levy.

The big slide at the Oktoberfest was very popular for attendees. From left, Lexis McCombs, Araya Johnson and Laynee Schroeder slide on Saturday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2015/09/web1_Lexis.jpgThe big slide at the Oktoberfest was very popular for attendees. From left, Lexis McCombs, Araya Johnson and Laynee Schroeder slide on Saturday.

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