ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Citing financial reasons, the Soulard Benevolent Association announced they were cancelling the 2016 Soulard Oktoberfest. In a statement posted to their website, SOBA says:
"The Soulard Oktoberfest Benevolent Association (SOBA) will postpone its 2016, 13th annual festival, which has been held every second weekend in October since 2004. SOBA’s Board of the Directors took the decision to postpone the festival for one year in light of the need to bring the costs of running the event in line with the revenues. SOBA has been seeking to take the festival to a location in the Soulard area better suited for the number of attendees. However, it will not happen in 2016 and the Board has made a responsible decision to skip the event this year."
"It was very surprising this late in the game because we should have been planning this 6 months ago if we had known there would not be the Soulard Oktoberfest" said Johnny Daus, a longtime Soulard Business owner and consultant to the Soulard Business Association.
The SBA is now working to put together their own Oktoberfest for the neighborhood.
"We don’t want to take a hit to the neighborhood where people are like wait a second, where should we go" Daus said. "We have about a month and a half to get it done but we can get it done" he added. "Like I said it’s important to the neighborhood that we keep festivals and this neighborhood alive".
Daus says plans are in the very early stages, but he hopes the association's festival will have all of the essentials.
"A little food, a little music a little booze and everyone is going to have a good time" he said.