Have you herd what’s happening in Tillamook this weekend? Oktoberfest in the Dairylands will return for a third year of alpine entertainment this Saturday, Sept. 8.
Hosted by the Monday Musical Club of Tillamook, the event will feature performances from The Polkatones, the Tirolean Dancers of Oregon and local dancers from Oregon Coast Dance Center.
Adam Schwend, the club’s director of cultural events, said last year’s decision to relocate the event to the downtown Second Street Plaza was a great success.
“Having Oktoberfest in Second Street Plaza made it much easier for Pacific Restaurant, who caters for us,” he said, “plus it blocks some of the wind and just makes it a much more enjoyable experience.”
The Polkatones were founded in Tillamook by Schwend’s great uncle, Al Schwend, in 1971. Al, an immigrant from Switzerland, wanted to preserve the culture and music of his homeland, performing at local Swiss dances, as well as Oktoberfests around the country.
The Tirolean Dancers started in 1976 as a traditional Bavarian and Austrian Schuhplattler and Volkstanz dance performance group. The group continues to bring the joy of traditional Alpine dance to numerous Oktoberfests, Maifests and folk festivals throughout Oregon and Washington.
Local talent will also be on display, with a performance from students at the from Oregon Coast Dance Center, along with a host of booths from local artists.
“We really love how the event keeps expanding every year,” Schwend said. “This entire event is about supporting the arts in Tillamook County. Every penny goes to supporting local music scholarships as well as bringing professional concerts to Tillamook multiple times per year.”
Oktoberfest in the Dairylands will run from noon to 6 pm at Second Street Plaza in Tillamook.
Admission for adults is $10 and includes a commemorative mug. Under 21s get in free.
Tickets are available at the gate or at the Monday Musical Club of Tillamook’s Facebook page.
For more information, contact Schwend at email@example.com or 503-457-8865.
• Artists from the Art Accelerated Gallery will add a splash of color to Oktoberfest in Dairylands by participating in a Festival of the Arts.
The festival is part of a yearlong celebration of Highways 6 and 131. This scenic highway starts in Banks, adjoins the Wilson River, and runs to the coast in Cape Meares.