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Fall Festivals Take Over the Ozarks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – It’s that time of year again. It’s festival time in the Ozarks and this weekend was packed with tons of events to keep the public entertained. The question is, how do they compete?
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – It’s that time of year again. It’s festival time in the Ozarks and this weekend was packed with tons of events to keep the public entertained.

From the a blues festival, to a Greek festival and on to Oktoberfest in September, Saturday alone was packed with many options to choose from.

Each festival has something unique to offer, which can make it hard to decide which one to attend. One thing is certain, however, some of these festivals have a lot more to offer than just food and fun.

“The pizza place, that was a little leg-puller,” says Patricia Pamell, an attendee at Oktoberfest. “And, we just like the beer. It’s good beer!”

On the other hand, some people look to festivals to soak up the culture.

“The Japanese culture is such a wonderful culture,” says Dakota Myers, who attended the Japanese Fall Festival. “I came here to learn more about it.”

“I went to the Greek Festival and then came here,” says Judy Adelle, who also attended the Japanese Fall Festival.

Everyone has their own reason for choosing a festival, but the question is how do all of them compete when there is so many to choose from?

“Since it’s a long day of events, I think people just jump around and hit them all up,” says Jeremy Wicks, the Director of Sales and Marketing for Mother’s Brewing Company.

Others say people choose by the uniqueness each festival has to offer.

“I think each festival has it’s own uniqueness,” says Carolyn Gerdes, the president of the Sister Cities Association, an organization that works to put on the Japanese Fall Festival each year.

Some of the festivals are free, but some people say the small fee makes no difference.

“If you’re interested, for instance, in Japanese, what’s a couple of dollars to go experience some of the culture?” says Alan Tof, a Japanese Fall Festival attendee.

Aside from the fact that these festivals offer food, fun and entertainment, many of them raise money for a good cause.

“The money goes toward groups that go to Isesaki, Japan to perform at their festivals,” says Gerdes.

She says the Japanese Fall festival is raising money as well as educating our community.

“We learn about one another,” says Gerdes. “We become friends and we learn about different cultures.”







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