Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hermann Festival Quiets Down

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hermann Festival Quiets Down

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Officials in this Missouri River town believe they have solved the safety problems associated with their big October festival.

"We were seeing a festival that was increasingly getting out of control," Mayor John Bartel said. "But it seemed like the people that were here this year truly appreciated the aspects of the community and what it has to offer."

Since the late 1980s, it has been common for the Hermann Police Department to arrest 300 visitors on alcohol-related charges during the monthlong celebration. Vandalism has also been a problem.

Last November, the Hermann Vinters Association agreed to change how they promoted October because of concerns about overcrowding and public drunkenness. Change began with the name, which went from "Octoberfest" to "October in Hermann."

Two significant changes this year - limiting visitors on the grounds of Stone Hill Winery and sponsorship of in-town events featuring arts and crafts - had varying effects.

The town became noticeably safer. …

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