It's Oktoberfest this weekend in West Linn — so get ready to dance

Dust off those dancing shoes and your lederhosen. Oktoberfest is this weekend in West VERN UYETAKE - Oktoberfest organizer Alice Richmond is baking a pile of apple pies for this weekend's event in West Linn.

From the polkas to the steins filled with sudsy brew, there will be an influx of German and Bavarian culture into historic Willamette.

The Oktoberfest celebration will be Friday and Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the corner of 14th Street and Willamette Falls Drive.

For the last six years, West Linn monarch Alice Richmond has organized this family friendly event, which continues to grow and draw larger crowds.

Richmond said she loves doing Oktoberfest because it brings the community together in a fun and open setting.

“It’s an atmosphere that is really social,” she said.

This year, Fetzer’s will be providing its German brand of sausages and all of the sides. There will also be strudel and Richmond’s own apple pie. She is making as many of her specialty pies as she can for the weekend.

A favorite band, the Alpine Echoes Band, will make an appearance again this year at the fest. Playing music from Germany, Austria and France to Mexico and the United States, the band entertains with everything from the traditional polkas to the wedding-favorite, The Chicken Dance.

“The kids are more on the floor doing the chicken dance,” Richmond said.

The Alpine Echoes Band will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

A raffle will also be held during the events for a wide variety of gift baskets and gift certificates. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.

Richmond said she loves to see children dancing with their parents and having fun at Oktoberfest.

“It makes you smile. You forget about everything else,” she said.

For more information, call Richmond at VERN UYETAKE - Last year, David Bell of West Linn, enjoyed a tall glass of beer at Oktoberfest.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lynn Halderman of the Oom Pah Boys entertained Chuck Toombs and his dog, Winston, last year.

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