TATAMAGOUCHE - Organizers of the annual Oktoberfest event here are calling this year's "one of the best."
"Everything went off without a hitch," said Brad Roy, president of the North Shore Bavarian Society that hosts the event each year at the North Shore Recreation Centre. "We had close to 3,000 people this year. We were talking about how many we had last year, and we're up by about three or four hundred."
A dance held Friday night saw roughly the same amount of people in previous years, however it was the schedule on Saturday - a sold out beer garden and an evening dance - that brought more of a crowd in.
"We had a lot of different people here this year," said Roy. "We drew a lot of busses from as far away as Moncton, so I think that helped. There were a lot of new faces. We heard a lot of people say this was their first time here."
One of the things Roy said the society did this year to improve upon the festival was to eliminate lineups.
"We had more ticket booths this year. Last year we had a lot of people waiting to get in and waiting to purchase tickets, so we eliminated those."
While he couldn't hazard a guess yesterday afternoon as to how much was raised during the two-day event, Roy said all the money goes back into the community.
"There are 11 organizations we donate equally to," he said, noting a couple are bursaries for local high school students and the Creamery Square.