Fall colors peaked, and so did Hermann’s Oktoberfest crowd
By staff writer
Crowds at last Saturday’s Oktoberfest in Hermann topped any weekend this month, and there were estimates of 15,000 or more in town on Saturday.
Frank Tennant, Hermann Chief of Police and city administrator, said it is difficult to put a figure on the number of people in town last Saturday because they are not contained in one area. But he said the crowd exceeded that on the second Saturday in October, the weekend the Arts & Crafts Festival is held.
“We had buses parked up along Fifth Street once the lot along Gutenberg Street was full,” said Tennant. “It was by far the biggest weekend so far this month.”
Third third weekend is usually the peak time of October to view fall foliage, and autumn colors really progressed and came alive last week, and the much-needed rain—although it caused some leaf drop—should benefit fall color. That usually brings out the day-trippers, and Hermann is an ideal destination for those wanting to see the fall colors.
Vibrant reds and oranges are augmenting the yellows and purples that had already developed. Maple, sweet gum, dogwood, sassafras, Virginia creeper, and sumac are the primary contributors to the colors that are seen in mid-Missouri. Hickories are turning yellow, and a few oaks are starting to change, but the majority of these species remain green. Some understory trees are changing, too, including aromatic sumac in reds, and serviceberry, cherry, elm, and redbuds in yellows.
With cooler weather predicted all week, you should see the onset of fall’s prime splendor by this weekend.