During the opening weekend of this year’s October Fest in Munich, you could get into any of the tents (usually the tents are so crowded, the can’t fit more people unless some are leaving). Lots of visitors in the tents but they are not overcrowded as they usually are. Small vendors and ride owners are suffering serious losses.
Security is so tight a woman living on the fair ground wasn’t allowed in with a jar of pickles she carried home. The fair ground is fenced in due to the Munich ISIS attacks. Enter or exit at the main gate only.
Ride owners and small business owners plan to turn off the lights at 9 pm tonight to protest the security measures they claim to ruin their business.
Have a seat in any of the Oktober Fest tents. Because this year you can.
At least you could until Thursday.
After that everything was back to normal.
Alessandra Schellnegger Andal Duschl Heide und Hans Greisinger Oktober Fest 2016