DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - More than 30,000 people are expected to pack the Dayton Art Institute this weekend for the 42nd Annual Oktoberfest.
"It is a critical fundraiser for the Dayton Art Institute. We're talking something like 25 percent of the operating budget," says Oktoberfest Chair Lacie Sims.
"The funds go to our general operating which keeps our historic building running. It goes to our family and education programs that we offer throughout the year at the museum and it really keeps things going," explains Dayton Art Institute Executive Director Michael Roediger.
There's art, music, fun, food and, of course, lots of beer.
"We have 37 beers available at Oktoberfest this weekend. Really,it's a beer for everybody. We've got beer from around the world. Obviously, we're featuring a lot of German beers," comments Oktoberfest Beer Chair Mark Keeton.
And with the alcohol flowing, organizers are taking extra precautions to make sure everyone has a safe time.
"We're faced with trying to make sure that people have a good time but not drink in excess and put all of us in danger. This year we have an increased security staff. They're actually beyond security, they're real police that are going to be walking the grounds to really keep an out," says Keeton.
Also new this year - a free shuttle service.
It will run Saturday and Sunday, taking people from downtown Dayton to the Oregon District.
Shuttle stop locations will be posted along Main, Fifth and Second Streets.
"It is fantastic. It's very fast. It's very easy. It's free and, in fact, this year we will have 'embusadors' who will be on the bus telling people what they can expect when they get to the grounds," comments Sims.
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