Germantown Oktoberfest is Moving to Clarksburg. Should It Matter?

Organizers cite space constraints and costs for moving; at least one vendor has pulled out of the festival.

It’s official. this year but will instead be held at High Point Farm in Clarksburg. 

The free festival is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6.

Organizers told Patch that parking issues and cost were reasons behind the decision to move. But at least one vendor, the Germantown Historical Society, has pulled out in protest.

Patch asks — is this a big deal? Should the Germantown Oktoberfest be held in Germantown? Or do you think the move will make for a better experience?

Please post your comments below.

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Joanne K. September 13, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Duh. Yes it matters. It should be held in Germantown, otherwise call it the Clarksburg Octoberfest. What about all that space at the GERMANTOWN SoccerPlex? Surely there's enough parking and space to hold it there. And it would be closer to what is left of Historic Germantown. If it's too cost prohibitive, then cancel it and let Clarksburg start it's own traditions...if it even wants to.
francesca@allianceofsmallbusinesses.com September 13, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I live in Frederick Maryland and there was some negative press and finger pointing over last weekend's Tough Mudder event at Crumland Farms. The event was so popular that it crowded Route 15, overwhelmed the available parking and required additional police resources that were not anticipated. Hats off to the organizing committee for moving the venue to a site that could accommodate the increasing crowds and save some extra money too. It is not an easy feat to plan a huge event and I am grateful to anyone who takes the initiative to see it through. I am sure that the attendees of this festival are not going to care if the word "German" is in the name of the town hosting the event. It will be all about the cultural celebration. There are Oktoberfests all over the place and it is not essential that they are staged in a town with a Bavarian name.
Nikki Rouse September 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Austin and the other organizers have made an enormous mistake. There is so much more to the GERMANTOWN Oktoberfest than dollars. There are better ways to save than to alienate an entire town. How can they be so blind?? As a 31 year resident of Germantown, I will not be attending. This is an insult to the Germantown residents that worked so hard to bring a unique event to our town, to recognize and celebrate the German heritage that set us apart. There is no comparison to the Tough Mudder event. This is a local tradition that is being taken away from us, by a committee that was supposed to be working FOR us. Frederick residents may not care where it is held, because people like the poster above don't care about Germantown. But we don't really care what Frederick residents think either. This is a Germantown issue, and we've been stabbed in the back by our own people. History and tradition matter, and ours has been hijacked.
Patty Williams September 15, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Thank you for your positive comments and understanding. Our FREE event to the public is not free to put together.
Harold DeWeese September 17, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Yes, without a doubt it should stay in Germantown. It appears the entire committee was looking for an excuse to move the celebration. Shame on them. It is a Germantown celebration not a Clarksberg event. I cannot believe the Soccer Plex could not have been used, it's huge! I will not attend this year, I am offended that my German tradition has been moved without a good reason.


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