German-inspired street festival in St. Louis scrapped

Friday, August 29, 2008

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- One of St. Louis' oldest street festivals, which celebrated the city's German heritage, is calling it quits.

Organizers say that after 36 years, Bevo Day will not be celebrated this Labor Day.

As descendants of the neighborhood's early German immigrants moved to the suburbs, the street festival suffered from dwindling crowds. Bosnian refugees who have moved to the area have their own festival.

The neighborhood is in the shadow of The Bevo Mill restaurant and windmill. The eatery once served as August A. Busch, Sr.'s private dining room.

A 1972 St. Louis Post-Dispatch account of the first festival says visitors consumed thousands of pounds of sauerbraten, bratwurst and knockwurst, and 300 half-barrels of beer.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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