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Columbus Oktoberfest

The Ohio Expo Center & State Fair Columbus, Ohio, USA

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On behalf of the Schmidt family and the Columbus Oktoberfest, we would like to welcome you to the Annual Columbus Oktoberfest. Not only does the event have a tremendous history in this city, but the Schmidt family adds 135+ years of Columbus tradition as well!

The Columbus Oktoberfest originated in Schiller Park, moved to the Ohio Expo Center, then set up at multiple sites throughout German Village for several years (these sites each became unavailable due to new development in the district). Despite much success, the German Village Society sadly voted to cancel Oktoberfest in July of 2009, citing a lack of profitability and the desire to move away from relying on weather-related events for fundraising efforts.

At this time, the Schmidt family stepped in on behalf of the Oktoberfest, partnering with the Ohio Expo Center (a previously successful site that offers unique facilities resembling authentic German beer halls) and the Cox Family, another local business offering over 65 years of family experience in the event industry. With only eleven weeks, a handful of promotional partners, and a shoestring budget, the Schmidts and their partners were able to produce an outstanding Oktoberfest that exceeded the expectations of all.

We are thrilled to once again return to the Ohio Expo Center! The Expo Center offers authentic-style facilities (historic century-old pavilions offering 100,000 square feet of covered space). The Oktoberfest includes the beautiful and spacious ODNR Natural Resources Park as well as paved parking and easy access to the event site.

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