Journal of the San Juan Islands


Bonkers for Bavaria, Oct. 6, Oktoberfest

September 21, 2012 · Updated 3:09 PM

Oktoberfest logo / Contributed photo

Dust off your lederhosen.

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce 18th almost-annual Oktoberfest is Saturday, Oct. 6, at the fairgrounds in Friday Harbor.

This traditional Bavarian festival originated in 1810 and is played out all over the world. But it’s different on the island, where the fete is organized as a fun end-of-summer community celebration.

Co-sponsors Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce have a grand party planned, with abundant traditional Bavarian food and the ever-fun Blaskapelle orchestra started by Bill Van Alen in 1995 (led now by Tom Starr). Time-honored activities include the “Chicken Dance” (with a big chicken) and polka lessons, making this event crazy fun for the whole family.

Admission is $8, with children under 12 admitted free. Food costs begin at $5 for a luscious dessert prepared this year by Felicitations Bakery.

Proceeds go entirely to charity. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. in the fairgrounds main exhibit hall. Info, 378-5240.


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