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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Oktoberfest attendance sets record

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About 11,000 people attended Capital Ale House’s Oktoberfest in downtown Fredericksburg this past weekend, a record number for the fifth-annual event.

Capital Ale President Matt Simmons said paid attendance at Saturday’s Caroline Street event was 10,678.

The Fredericksburg Main Street Initiative, for which a new board will be elected Tuesday morning, will receive $15,431 from the Oktoberfest cover charge.

Simmons said the event went smoothly. Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said there were no issues other than a couple of drunk-in-public arrests.