Soulard’s Oktoberfest Cancelled, Another Group Trying to Revive It

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A popular St. Louis event that has been going on for more than a decade may not happen in 2016.

Soulard’s annual Oktoberfest is in serious jeopardy for 2016.

The Soulard Oktoberfest Benevolent Association says because costs are not in line with revenues, it is cancelling this year’s event, which has happened every second weekend in October since 2004.

However, the Soulard Business Association may be trying to come in and save the day.

KMOX has been told the group is in the early stages of planning its own Soulard Oktoberfest.

Dan Shields is president of the Soulard Business Association.

“The Business Association is very dedicated to the neighborhood, and with it being a neighborhood event we did not want that to go to the wayside,” he says. “So, me and a special committee got together and began planning as soon as possible.”

He says the event will be held at Soulard Farmers Market, but will be smaller and more like the neighborhood festival it was when the event began 13 years ago.

Shields says they don’t have exact dates, yet, but are hoping to hold Oktoberfest on October 21-22.

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