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Oktoberfest is a Germanic celebration of long renown. There's a new one in Eastmoreland!

DAVID F. ASHTON - Nothing says Oktoberfest like fresh warm pretzels, and volunteers Elizabeth Richard and Liz Goodell had them! By early afternoon on Saturday, September 22, the grounds of Holy Family Catholic School on S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th) were turned into an Oktoberfest celebration especially for Eastmoreland and Woodstock residents.

"While we focus on hosting this Oktoberfest for our neighbors – many families walk here from home – any and all are welcome to come and enjoy the day and evening with us," smiled co-organizer, and Holy Family Parish Development Coordinator, Rebecca Brandt.

"And, because it's a walkable event, people can come and go to our free Oktoberfest as they please, which makes it great fun for people in our neighborhoods."

A hundred youngsters were in the gymnasium playing carnival games and having their faces painted, while outside parents were enjoying live music and entertainment, and dining on local Germanic food and beverages for sale from Otto's Sausage Kitchen, Zoiglhaus Brewery, New Seasons Markets, Kona Shave Ice, and Burnside Brewery.

In mid-afternoon, a brief light rain shower chased many people under the large dining tent and into the biergarten, but soon the sun came out, and so again did the attendees.

In total, about 150 volunteers worked to put on the celebration. "This, our third annual Oktoberfest, is only a modest fundraiser for our parish," Brandt told THE BEE. "Here on our campus, we have this large space, and this is a way to invite in everyone in our area, in addition to our school parents or parishioners, to celebrate community with us."

If you missed it, don't make the same mistake next year!

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