If measured in sheer, gob-smacking quantities, Mayfest should be considered a success.
Over the course of four days, the festival consumed over 1,000 kegs of beer, 5,000 pounds of sausage, 40 pounds of herring, 10,000 rolls, served up 3,840 pieces of cake and 7,200 dozen pretzels according to Mayfest Committee organizer and DANK Haus Chairwoman Dagmar Freiberger.
“It was a successful festival. Now we can come back to clean,” said DANK Haus Director Sarah Miller in between picking up bits of trash. “There are a lot of activity [this morning]. The fest doesn’t end on Sunday night.
Beer and food sales from the festival benefits a number of German-American organizations, based on sales from each station. This year sales from the eastern-most kitchen and beer station went to DANK Haus and Bach and Beyond, the center stations went to Karnevalsgesellschaft Rheinische Verein von Chicago (RV Chicago), a group of smaller neighborhood German associations, and the western-most tent’s sales went to the German American Police Association.
According to Tom Deiz from DANK Haus, the DANK beer station sold 420 kegs of beer this year, up from last year’s 405, and down from 455 in 2009. Each year DANK Haus and RV Chicago switch locations, because if it rains, crowds tend to move to the east of the square.
DANK Haus had over 150 volunteers working over the weekend in 483 volunteer shifts.
Even though the Mayfest Committee had purchased use of the Lincoln Square parking lots for Thursday through Saturday, LAZ Parking crews were checking meters this morning.
“I just got a $45 ticket this morning,” said Deiz.