What were the organizers of Oktoberfest thinking (they weren’t)? Oktoberfest was the last great festival that many locals attended. My wife and I have been attending since the many (and best) years on Wall Street. This is our last one!
I am attaching a picture for you. The glass on the left is the size of beer cups we originally got at the Oktoberfest for $25. The middle glass (6 ounces) is what we received last year. The cup to the right is the 4-ounce “stein” we received this year for $40!
The beer lines were very long, so if you wanted to drink beer throughout the day, you had to get a beer and get back in line right then — saw everybody doing this.
Next was the entertainment, or lack of. Where were our Vermont Boys we had for years and years? The crowd loved them, and I heard many, many people talk about the differences and not in a good way. These folks couldn’t even fake a German accent or play the traditionals we love!
Well, city of Asheville, you did it again — you took away the last downtown festival that was worth attending, and I’m sure many others feel the same way. Lesson to be learned: Sometimes it’s better to leave well enough, alone. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — money is the root of all evil!
— Jeff and Anna Coffey
Editor’s note: Meghan Rogers, executive director of the Asheville Downtown Association, offered this response:
“First of all, I thank the letter writers for their comments. We do take feedback into serious consideration when planning future events. The size of a beverage sample is dictated by the state of North Carolina. To be in compliance with this regulation, we needed to decrease the size of our sampling mug. I agree that this caused longer lines, and we are looking at ways to address this.
The Stratton Mountain Boys from Vermont were not able to include Asheville Oktoberfest in their travel schedule this year. Lagerhosen is a local band comprised of talented, hardworking musicians who perform in many other groups and bands as well.
One point of clarity, the Asheville Downtown Association produces Oktoberfest, not the city of Asheville.
Again, thanks for your feedback. I’ll be sure to share it with our team.”