One Jefferson City Neighborhood Hopes to Shine at Oktoberfest
JEFFERSON CITY - This year's Oktoberfest festivities in Jefferson City are especially important to one local neighborhood. For ten years, the Old Munichburg Association has been working to refurbish and revitalize its neighborhood.
This year, residents believe Oktoberfest will show all the visitors how far they've come."It's great for people who want to visit our neighborhood and see how far we've come in the past couple of years," said Old Munichburg Association Vice President Becky Brockage. "But this year they really get to see it all dressed up and ready."
The Old Munichburg Association was founded almost ten years ago and has been working to revitalize the area of town they said once thrived in downtown Jefferson City.
They hoped to show off the area's historic structures while also bringing new businesses and visitors to the Old Munichburg area.
Sally Powell took control of Jefferson City's oldest restaurant last year at Oktoberfest. She says she has felt right at home since taking over the Ecco Lounge. "I just love it," she said. "It's like a family here. We have regulars already and it's become our home. We love the neighborhood, the whole revitalization."
Lisa Rackers is another new face in the oldest new part of town. She moved in to her store, "A Perfect Fit Boutique", when most of the construction was taking place.
Now, there are new sidewalks, benches, light posts and banners, and Rackers hopes everyone gets a chance to get a look. "I think anyone who's not seen it yet and has not yet been able to appreciate the work that's gone into it and the community pulling together to get it done is really missing out on something," she said.
This weekend, Jefferson City's Oktoberfest is the chance for visitors to see what the neighborhood has become. It starts on Saturday at 11 a.m. You can find a schedule of the weekend events to the right of this story.