October in Hermann is expected to be a busy month
By staff writer
Autumn is not only the prettiest time of year in Hermann, it is also the busiest, and traditionally, October is the biggest month for tourists.
Frank Tennant, Hermann’s chief of police and city administrator, asks citizens to be patient for the next few weekends when thousands of out-of-town guests will be here during Oktoberfest.
Streets will be full of motorists who are new here, and will be driving cautiously through town looking at scenery, buildings or attempting to find their way to shops, wineries and other sites.
“We hope that all of our citizens respect our guests, and understand they will be here enjoying what we enjoy all year long,” said Tennant. “We hope the local people will embrace them for coming to visit us. They patronize our businesses, and they are supporting our town.”
The peak time of the year for fall foliage is mid-October. The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Department of Natural Resources typically suggest Route 94 from Jefferson City to Hermann as an ideal ride for those wanting to see the trees in their full color.
Streets in downtown Hermann become especially busy on Saturdays, and areas around and to the local wineries will see thousands of vehicles during October.
Many buses make trips to Hermann in October and will be dropping off passengers in the downtown area.
Hermann law enforcement officers direct buses to the parking lot along Gutenberg Street.
The police chief recently hired eight special officers to work Oktoberfest weekends in Hermann, and all eight have worked festivals here before. All work in law enforcement in other communities and counties.
These special officers will be utilized to supplement coverage along with Hermann’s full-time officers and regular part-time reserves.
As in previous years, Tennant said there will be officers present at Hermannhof Winery and at the Maifest Bier Garten at Sesquicentennial Park on Gutenberg Street. Those two organizations reimburse the city for costs incurred for the officers who are assigned to those venues.