Oktoberfest is one month away

TULSA - It is exactly one month from the start of Tulsa's Oktoberfest.

The festival is recognized as one of the top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations in the world and one of the largest in the United States.

But last year's Oktoberfest almost didn't happen because of financial problems at the non-profit that put on the festival for years.

The Tulsa River Parks Authority stepped in and took over.

The two groups have always worked together, but last year River Parks came to the rescue at the last minute to actually manage the event.

Tonja Pitzer with the River Parks Authority says this year's Oktoberfest is on track to be successful, due in part to what happened a year ago.     

"Last year, Oktoberfest had great weather, good attendance and through River Parks, we were able to put in good financial controls," said Pitzer.  "So it placed the festival in a financial position that is stable and enables us to start up the festival this year with ample cash."

Pitzer told 2NEWS that Oktoberfest will have some new features this year, but they're keeping them secret.

Oktoberfest begins Oct. 18 and runs through Oct. 21 at the River West Festival Park near 23rd and Jackson Avenue.

You can find more information about Oktoberfest and how to volunteer on http://tulsaoktoberfest.org/ .

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