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9:17 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Oktoberfest Gets New Sponsor, Slightly Different Name This Year

Linde Processing Plants CEO Steve Bertone (right) speaks at the announcement of the company's title sponsorship of Tulsa's Oktoberfest celebration. He was joined by members of the company cycling team.
Linde Processing Plants CEO Steve Bertone (right) speaks at the announcement of the company's title sponsorship of Tulsa's Oktoberfest celebration. He was joined by members of the company cycling team.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

For the next five years, one of the area's premier fall events will be called Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa.

Linde Process Plants is a Tulsa firm specializing in gas processing and refining. LPP CEO Steve Bertone said they decided to become a title sponsor because parent company The Linde Group is based in Munich, Germany.

"Most of us in the company have been to the German Oktoberfest many times over the previous years, so I think some input there could be of assistance," Bertone said.

LPP has a five-year title sponsorship agreement for the event. River Parks spokeswoman Tonja Carrigg said having the firm on board is good for the festival and for Tulsa.

"To bring a sponsor on board at that level is substantial," Carrigg said. "It's significant for the festival in terms of financial support, and then just lending its name to the festival lends credence to the event."

Financial details of the sponsorship agreement weren't released. LPP joins LDF Sales and Distributing, Lufthansa Technik North America and Osage Casino as a sponsor of Tulsa's Oktoberfest, which celebrates its 35th year in 2014.

The event is Oct. 16–19. It's ranked among the top 10 Oktoberfests in the U.S. and is expected to attract around 60,000 visitors this year.