By Charly SHELTON
Another Oktoberfest has come and gone in Montrose. The crowds seemed to be enjoying itself with brats and sauerkraut, pretzels and beer being served all afternoon and into the evening. The carnival rides were busy with the longest lines at the Ferris wheel.
Last year’s $1 charge for an ID wristband, indicating the person had been cleared as of age to drink, was not popular so it was done away with – which was very popular. Between the wristbands being free and the reduced cost of carnival rides the crowds kept coming.
Glendale police were on hand to make certain the party was safe. At the end of the night there were two citations issued for suspicion of possession of marijuana; one to a female minor and the other to a 20-year-old man.
Melinda Clarke of the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the event, estimated that between 20,000 and 25,000 people attended this year’s Oktoberfest.