Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A more than 40-year tradition will continue in Ohio's largest city now that a German restaurant has agreed to take over the Columbus Oktoberfest.
The German festival is back on thanks to Schmidt's Sausage Haus and Restaurant, which stepped forward Monday to say it would stage the event at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.
Organizers had said earlier this month they were canceling this fall's Oktoberfest because residents were against a proposed location in the city's historic German village neighborhood.
Schmidt's spokeswoman Carla Eppler says the festival has so much history that you can't let it go.
The restaurant was a frequent sponsor of Oktoberfest in the early years. The first one was held in 1967.
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