by staff writer Symone Tripodis
The 8th annual Oktoberfest held this past weekend in Old Town attracted a younger crowd, which is what the festival committee wanted.
Oktoberfest Committee member Steve Bohnet of Bohnet Electric located in Old Town, Lansing said that this year,Oktoberfest held on Oct. 4 and 5 had a turnout of a much younger crowd.
“This year the festival added two alternative rock bands to the entertainment, brining younger aged people in,” said Bohnet. “The large turnout for both days was also determined by the warm weather.”
The new bands that were added to the line-up were The All American Funk Parade on Friday night and Mike Mains and The Branches on Saturday night.
The Oktoberfest Committee is part of the Old Town Commercial Association. The OTCA is responsible for putting on each of the seven events held every year with the help of community volunteers and sponsorships from local business.
Bohnet said each year’s profits from Oktoberfest go directly back into the community of Old Town.
“Money isn’t given directly to the businesses here but the majority of it is used to bring in new businesses and people to Old Town,” said Bohnet.
Admission to Oktoberfest was $20 and drink tickets were an additional cost.
Bohnet said that even with more college-age people from Lansing Community College and Michigan State University attending, the festival stayed safe and under control .
“College students today take school very seriously because it’s expensive and they’re paying for it,” said Bohnet. “So instead of being destructive, they are pretty responsible as far as being under control and drinking.”
Bohnet said that a part in keeping everyone safe was the free bus transportation donated by Dean Transportation that went to and from the festival to the MSU Union.
Bohnet said with the younger crowd it was important to avoid any chance of drinking and driving.
The festival committee also hires security for the festival as a precaution. Bohnet said that security mainly watches over the gated premises over night.
“It is a rarity for there to be any dangerous situations,” said Bohnet.