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New regulations for Covington's Oktoberfest

By Joe Danneman - bio | email
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COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Covington's Oktoberfest at Mainstrasse Village is three weeks away. But this year, there are new, stricter, regulations.

City officials say the Mainstrasse Village Association must stop music by 11 p.m. each night, and keep the streets clean of cigarette butts. The fight between the association and the city runs deep, and doesn't stop here.

Oktoberfest pours a 150,000 people into Covington's Mainstrasse.

"It's a great experience, so it makes them want to come back," said Kim Blank, executive director of the Mainstrasse Village Assocation.

Blank is the new leader of the group who runs Covington's festivals. The former leader resigned during a recent campaign scandal, and neighbors petitioned the city to hire a new promotor.

"There's been speculation that the city is looking at other promoters," said Blank.

Instead, the new city manager will give the MSVA and its new leader another chance, but with more city control and more rules.

"We feel confident we can work through this and have a good outcome from Oktoberfest and, hopefully, that'll help us going forward," said Blank.

The city manager also says the MSVA will have 30 days after Oktoberfest to write up how much money they made from the festival. The two sides will then negotiate how much of that profit will go toward public improvement here in the neighborhood.

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