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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Route 66 Oktoberfest a success for local businesses, families

  • The Route 66 Fest Committee, composed of business leaders in downtown Waynesville, hosted its third event of the year, Oktoberfest, on Oct. 20 with more vendors participating than ever before.
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  • From face-painting and bouncy houses to life performances and museum tours, Route 66 Oktoberfest provided family-friendly fun for everyone on Saturday at the Waynesville Square, with 52 vendors participating.
    The Route 66 Fest Committee, composed of business leaders in downtown Waynesville, hosted its third event of the year, Oktoberfest, on Oct. 20 with more vendors participating than ever before.
    Audra Barrier, a member of the Route 66 Fest committee in charge of the vendors, said the event was a success.
    "The weather was absolutely perfect for the event," she said. "We had a lot of events and activities going on for the whole family to participate in and have fun with."
    Barrier said that Oktoberfest also has helps boost activity and excitement for local businesses.
    "We try to make this a family-friendly event for everyone to come down and have fun, but also see what downtown Waynesville has to offer for some people who may not know what is down here," she said. "It gives the home-based businesses a chance to showcase their work."
    Three years ago, downtown businesses used to host "Third Thursdays," which were similar festival-like events that took place once a month. Barrier said that it got to the point where there were too many people downtown and it became a safety issue because they couldn't close off the streets. Instead, they created Route 66 Fest last year, which is composed of three festivals every year in March, June and October.
    During these events, the city closes down the streets of the Waynesville Sqaure to allow its vendors to station their booths throughout the day.
    The next Route 66 Fest will take place the third Saturday of March and will be a St. Patrick's Day theme.

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