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Willkommen bei Oktoberfest (Welcome to Oktoberfest)

Annual celebration returns to West Linn, with beer, bratwurst and music

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - The Alpine Echoes Band will provide the sounds and vendors normally found at the famous Mt. Angel Oktoberfest will provide the food and beerFor more than a decade West Linn’s Oktoberfest celebration has offered all the requisite items: bratwurst and beer, accordians and lederhosen.

This year local brewery Fecken Brewing joins the mix, bringing its unique Irish flare to the Bavarian-style event.

Oktoberfest will have authentic German music as the Alpine Echoes Band returns to the event, playing German folk music, polkas, waltzes and of course — the chicken dance.

The band includes accordion, trumpet, cowbells, bass, tuba and drums. The group plays at Mt. Angel Oktoberfest every year, among other celebrations.

According to organizer Alice Richmond, ignorance of traditional ‘Oktoberfest’ dances are no excuse — the band will show everyone the steps.

There will be a huge party tent in the shopping center area frontingWillamette Drive, plenty of hay bales for sitting and a beer garden.