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Outside the tent

Oktoberfest crowds also fill downtown restaurants


Not all of the Oktoberfest action takes place at the fairgrounds tent.

"We're enormously busy," reported Patty Gorman of Dude's Steakhouse. "People meet here--they have for years."

Restaurants and bars in Sidney experience the annual festival as a series of ups and downs. People may grab a cup of coffee in Grandma Joe's or the Coffee Corner before and after the parade, for example.

Weather plays a factor, as well. When a snowstorm cancelled last year's parade, participants either remained at home or huddled out at the fairgrounds.

"We were slow on Saturday," said Rene Merryfield of Sam & L...

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