MUENSTER — The 32nd year of Cooke County’s most attended event was a record, according to organizers.

Margie Starke of the Muenster Area Chamber of Commerce said Germanfest — an annual celebration of German heritage in Muenster featuring music, food and contests — pulled in about 30,000 visitors over the weekend.

The estimated attendance is about 7,000 less than the entire population of Cooke County.

The charge was $6 per person at the gate, except for those in complete, traditional German attire who got in for free. Starke said tellers at Muenster State Bank were still counting profits made from the weekend-long celebration on Monday, and no official total was available by press time. The event took place Friday through Sunday at Muenster City Park, with a family night on Thursday consisting only of carnival rides.

“It was a record, I know that,” Starke said in an interview Monday.

She attributed the record turnout to a lack of precipitation over the weekend.

“I’ve been in here about 19 years, and this is only the second time we’ve had three, beautiful, sunny days for Germanfest,” she said, with a laugh.

Starke said turnout to the barbecue cookout was above what is normal. She predicts with many competitive barbecuers who make return trips to cookoffs, that next year’s competition should be larger.

About 1,820 people competed in the bicycle race Saturday morning, which encompasses the area around Muenster. About 800 participated in the annual Fun Run.

Alternative Country music artist Stony LaRue took center stage Saturday night, bringing in a packed house and many fans.

“I think he was a big draw,” Starke said.

Police Chief Robert Stovall said this year’s festival was relatively peaceful with no major disturbances.

This weekend, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce has one of its major fund raisers scheduled.

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce 21st Annual Rodeo is scheduled a rodeo Thursday through Saturday nights. Each performance is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. at the Gainesville riding club arena on N. U.S. Highway 77 (N. Grand Ave.) in Gainesville.

A rodeo parade for downtown Gainesville is set for 5 p.m. Saturday.

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