Tualatin Lions to host in-person Oktoberfest
The Tualatin Lions Club is bringing back its annual full-on, in-person or takeout taste of Germany this year on both Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1.
That's when the Lions' 10th Annual Oktoberfest is planned each evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Tualatin Valley Elks Lodge, 8375 S.W. Warm Springs St. in Tualatin.
Brad King, who coordinates the annual event, said the dinners are all locally sourced and will include Zenner brand German sausage, Willamette Valley sauerkraut, seasoned Hamburg-style fries (sprayed with vinegar and heavy-duty salt), dinner rolls, and the Lions' famous apfel kuchen (fresh apple cake).
To quench feasters' thirst, soft drinks, wine, cocktails and beer, including authentic German brew, will available for purchase at the Elks' bar.
All dinners will be prepared by the Tualatin Lions, served by the Boy Scouts of America's Venture Crew and Scouts from Troop 530.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lions extended Oktoberfest over the course of two days. The first year was only takeout. Last year's event was a combination of takeout and dine-in, with extensive COVID-19 restrictions in place.
"While the Tualatin Lions appreciate all the support for their charitable work through the pandemic, we will be so happy to see old and new friends alike this fall at our favorite fundraiser event, Oktoberfest," said King. "We've held on to the two-day, Friday-Saturday event as that's helped the Tualatin Lions raise more during the pandemic."
The Lions' mission is "to support vision screening in all of our schools, vision and hearing exams," King said, as well as purchase "glasses and hearing aids for our underserved neighbors," among "many other community service projects."
Oktoberfest is a major fundraiser for the Lions, helping to support those priorities and assist people with vision and hearing issues.
Other local groups the Lions aid include Tualatin Caring Closet, Scout Troop 530, Pack 35 and the Venture Scouts.
King said the Lions aren't afraid they'll run out of sausage and sauerkraut this year, so there is no need to call or email ahead to reserve any of the German cuisine beforehand.
In addition to food and drink, the Tualatin Lions are returning with their popular "50/50" raffle, with tickets available for $5 each. The raffle is set for 7:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, with the winner receiving half of the pot. Participants do not need to be present to win.
Also, merchandise raffles, compliments of donations from a variety of Tualatin businesses, will be available both evenings.
Dinners is $12. The Tualatin Lions Club will be accepting cash, checks or credit cards at the front entrance to the Elks Lodge.
Those with questions about Oktoberfest or any community service need can email the Lions at
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