Gasconade County Presiding Commissioner Larry Miskel believes Hermann will enjoy a successful Oktoberfest, despite the challenges being posted by the pandemic.
Miskel made the prediction during the commission's weekly session held last Thursday morning at the Gasconade County Courthouse. He said he's spoken with five or six local business owners, who all report their recent revenues as being "Oktoberfest-like." One Facebook page for a Hermann business bears out those findings, with a late July announcement that every weekend had been resulting in "Oktoberfest numbers" and created a hiring spurt.
"And most of the businesses do have (COVID-19) protocols," said Miskel. "They're expecting a large crowd this year."
Hermann Tourism and Economic Development Director Tammy Bruckerhoff said inquiring visitors are receiving a particular message in light of coronavirus:
One of the beauties of Hermann’s Oktoberfest is that events are spaced out all around our German town and countryside. This year, due to COVID-19, we provide information about policies of businesses and events on VisitHermann.com. “COVID-19 Business Updates” in the top purple bar gives a list of business days/hours of operation and notes on possible COVID adjustments.
Bruckerhoff also told the Advertiser-Courier that most of Hermann's lodging businesses are booked for the weekends in October, as are the City Park RV Campgrounds.
On another coronavirus matter, the commission learned of a state court order that extends a grace period for renters until the end of the year that forbids any evictions.
The commission also announced a postponement of the annual Gasconade County Government Day at courthouse offices.