What started as a week-long wedding celebration in 1810 in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest events have since spread across the globe. Whether or not people don lederhosen, some things remain constant — drinking beer, the sampling of foods and listening to music.
Oktoberfest Pendleton, a family-friendly event, carries on the tradition — offering a variety of beers from at least a dozen breweries from across the state. In addition, food will be plentiful with Hill Meat sausages and other delectable meats, Mario’s Basque BBQ, sauerkraut and other salads from The Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub, soft pretzels from Rolling Stone Bakery and various savory selections created by the Pendleton High School culinary team.
Oktoberfest fun also features activities for kids and adults, and evening music by Tylor & the Train Robbers. Former Helix residents Tylor Bushman Ketchum and Jason Bushman bring their band from Boise to perform a unique blend of gritty Americana and outlaw honky tonk. Also, bringing a traditional Bavarian beat to the event are Wallowa County alphornist Bruce Coutant and the Oregon East Symphony Oompah Band, who will play polka favorites.
In its third year, Oktoberfest Pendleton is Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds, 1205 S.W. Court Ave. Tickets are $12, which includes a glass beer mug and one beer token. Tickets purchased in advance at Prodigal Son are $10. The cost for those under 21 and non-drinkers is $5.
Oktoberfest Pendleton raises money for several area organizations. Part of the proceeds from this year’s event will go to Keep Pendleton Swimming (the Pendleton Swim Association), the Pendleton City Club, the Pendleton Lions Club and the Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon. Organizers for the 2015 inaugural Oktoberfest expected 400 people — however, the event drew more than 1,500. In the past two years, Oktoberfest Pendleton has donated more than $20,000 to local nonprofit organizations.
Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-564-4539