Organizers say record attendance at Oktoberfest

CINCINNATI (AP) — Organizers of downtown Cincinnati's Oktoberfest say the weekend event experienced record attendance.

They say an estimated 600,000 people showed up to drink beer, eat gobs of German food and join in a mass "chicken dance" led by "Star Trek" star George Takei.

That's a 20 percent increase from last year's estimated attendance of 500,000.

Organizers say thousands of Green Bay Packers fans in town for Sunday's nail-biter against the Cincinnati Bengals helped drive the record attendance.

Cincinnati's Oktoberfest began in 1976. Organizers say it's the second largest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Munich.

Organizers say that during the three-day festival, visitors consume more than 80,000 bratwursts, 64,000 sauerkraut balls, 24,000 potato pancakes and 16,000 strudels.

It's unclear how many gallons of beer they drink.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.