An Oktoberfest is quite new for SE Chavez Boulevard in Eastmoreland, but it's prospering already

DAVID F. ASHTON - As the musical trio Pick It Up was preparing to perform, they greeted Holy Family Catholic Parish Event Coordinator Liz Goodell. After hosting an "Eastmoreland-Woodstock Oktoberfest" for the second year, Holy Family Catholic Church believes this Germanic event is on its way to becoming an annual late-September tradition on S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th).

Throughout the afternoon of Monday, September 23, Holy Family was the site for this festival, with free admission, live music, and carnival games for the kids.

"And, it wouldn't be an Oktoberfest without our German wieners, smoked pork links, chicken sausage – and fixings like sauerkraut, German potato salad, and a pretzel stick, said the event's caterer, Gretchen Eichentopf of Otto's Sausage Kitchen. "Being of German heritage, we love every part of Oktoberfest; and this being our parish, we're glad to be here helping!"

Guests also found roving pretzel sellers; German-style beer, from Southeast Portland's Zoiglhaus Brewery, in the biergarten; Pip's Original Doughnuts; and Scoop Handmade Ice Cream for sale.

"We're again hosting this, because it's important for our Holy Family community to extend our love and our appreciation to the greater community that we serve," event coordinator Liz Goodell told THE BEE.

But, Goodell demurred, she didn't produce the event alone. "About 144 volunteers have helped us put on this great event; I definitely could not do without my help from our 'volunteer army', who are all here helping me out today."

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