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City Manager sends out Oktoberfest survey

Fredericksburg City Manager Beverly Cameron sent out a survey Thursday to 185 downtown businesses about Capital Ale House‘s Oktoberfest.

The survey has nine questions and asks business owners if they support or oppose having Oktoberfest in the 800 and 900 blocks of Caroline Street, the same location as last year’s event.

Among other things, it also proposes the idea that Capital Ale House, the business that puts on the event, charge admission and donate most of the proceeds, which would be $18,000 to $20,000, to support the Fredericksburg Main Street Program.

The list of businesses was developed by the city’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Cameron said in an email.

Cameron has asked for responses to be sent to him by June 7.

Opposition to the festival on Caroline and several adjoining streets surfaced at a City Council meeting in April with several merchants saying it hurt their businesses significantly that Saturday in September.

The council was also presented a petition signed by some 90 people and store owners who oppose the Caroline Street site.