Sauerkraut Festival draws in thousands

Sauerkraut Festival (WDTN Photo)

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – A long-running festival had the streets packed in Waynesville this weekend.

The 46th annual Sauerkraut festival is expected to have brought in nearly 400,000 people. One of those people is 82-year old Warren Sheehan.

“I’ve been coming for 46 years, unless I was out of town sometime for one of them,” said Sheehan, a Waynesville resident.

Sheehan says the event wasn’t always a big deal. When it first started it was only a few blocks long.

“Who would have thought Sauerkraut? It really took off after about 8 years and never looked back,” said Sheehan.

“The whole community benefits from this” said Jim Richardson, another Waynesville resident and festival volunteer.

The village of Waynesville has a population of about 2,800 people. Dawn Schroeder with the Waynesville Chamber of Commerce says it wouldn’t be possible without the city’s support

“There is only two paid staff members in the chamber, everyone else is a volunteer. For our small town, we get everyone to pull it off and we’re very grateful for it,” said Schroeder.

All of the money raised at the festival goes toward non-profit organizations in Waynesville.

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