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Sandy Oktoberfest returns in its 14th year offering entertainment, art, food and beer


Sandyites, prepare yourself for a festive Friday.

Between the grand opening of the new high school, the first home football game on a new field and the opening night of Sandy Oktoberfest, Sept. 7 is cause for celebration.

Oom-Pah!

Kicking off the 14th annual Sandy Oktoberfest is the popular 1950s rock ‘n’ roll band Johnny Limbo & The Lugnuts, who take the stage from 8-11 p.m. Friday, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 18090 S.E. Langensand Road. 

The festival, which opens at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, includes live music, activities, more than 50 craft booths, a variety of food booths sponsored by nonprofits and commercial organizations, the Cruisin’ Car Show, a Future Farmers of America Fair and a beer and wine garden.

For children, there will be “kindergarten” area with a variety of entertainment, including face painting, storytelling, a slide and a bouncy house.

Entries for the fourth annual Future Farmers of America Fair are due by 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the FFA booth, with winners announced Sunday. Categories include canning, growing, arts — quilts, needle point, cake decorating and flower arrangement — and cooking. There is no entry fee.

Car show entires may be registered online or at the door for a fee of $15. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the show is limited to 100 quality vehicles and motorcycles.

About 10,000 people of all ages are expected to attend, according to event Chairman Bud Abraham. He works with 150 church and community volunteers to host the Oktoberfest.

While festival entrance is free, some events have a cost, including the biergarten and headline concerts.

Sandy Oktoberfest began in the late 1990s as an event to raise funds for St. Michael’s Catholic Church’s ministries and community groups. Usually, two groups receive funds to split each year.

Oktoberfest celebrations began with the royal marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in Bavaria Oct. 12, 1810. Because of its popularity, the folk festival extended to a two-and-a-half week celebration with millions of visitors visiting Munich each year. The festival is held beginning in September to maximize the better weather.

The Sandy Oktoberfest committee prides itself on being an event that offers families, seniors and singles alike fun and entertainment.

For more information, visit sandyoktoberfest.net or contact Bud Abraham by calling 503-251-2668 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..