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If it's September, it must be 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 beerAccording to Alice Richmond —who, although she’s 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 Linn’s 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 Linn’s 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.