Saturday, September 16, 2000

Oktoberfest crowds descend on downtown

Police: Parking to be at premium

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        With an afternoon Reds game at Cinergy Field and a 7:30 p.m. high-school football game at Paul Brown Stadium today, Cincinnati Police are urging visitors to the 25th annual Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati to use the bus.

[photo] Stein Musikapelle, a group from Stein, Bavaria, in Germany, will be playing traditional Bavarian music on Fountain Square this weekend at Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati.
(Tony Jones photo)
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        More than 500,000 people are expected to attend Cincinnati's annual German celebration, which kicked off with a pep rally Friday night. Parking will be at a premium, Cincinnati Police Lt. Ray Ruberg said.

        “Usually it's a large crowd,” he said. “We would encourage public transportation as a way to get there.”

        Queen City Metro is offering nonstop rides to Oktoberfest from four suburban locations ($1.50 each way). The boarding locations are: Western Hills Plaza in Westwood; the Forest Park park-and-ride at Kemper Meadow Lane; Raymond Walters College in Blue Ash; and the Anderson Township park-and-ride at Beechmont Mall.

        The service operates 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Buses arrive and depart the downtown area every half-hour.

Complete schedule of Oktoberfest events available on


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