If it's September, it must be Oktoberfest
Annual celebration returns to West Linn, with beer, bratwurst and music
According to Alice Richmond who, although shes the unofficial Queen of West Linn, was born in France in September everyone is German, just like everyone is Irish in March.
For nearly a decade West Linns Oktoberfest celebration has been organized by Richmond, and offers all the requisite items: bratwurst and beer, accordians and lederhosen.
The event has moved around some, trying to find the perfect fit. This year West Linns Central Village shopping center will host the event and Richmond says she thinks it may be the best year ever.
Every year it gets better and we keep making small changes, she says.
The presence of stores for shopping and cafes for non-sausage eaters is a plus, Richmond thinks, giving people more choices and more entertainment.
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.
There will be a huge party tent in the shopping center area fronting Willamette Drive, plenty of hay bales for sitting (provided by the Ek family of West Linn) and a beer garden. The food and beer are provided by vendors that also serve the well-known Mt. Angel Oktoberfest. From 4-5 p.m. an apple-bobbing contest will be held for all ages with prizes for the top finishers.
West Linn Oktoberfest
Sept. 12, 3-9 p.m.
Central Village Shopping Center
21900 Willamette Dr.