Elkton celebrates 10th Oktoberfest

September 26, 2018
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With the Roseburg German Band playing in the background, attendees at Elkton’s Otoberfest participate in the “chicken dance” last year at the Elkton Community Education Center. The celebration featured plenty of music, dancing, beer and food for those who were in attendance. From left are Clancy Sato, Cassandra Olson, Jason Whitney and Heather Littlejohn. This year’s celebration is scheduled for Saturday.

ELKTON — Elkton celebrates the fall harvest season with its 10th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday at the Elkton Community Education Center on Highway 38.

Marjory Hamann, executive director of the ECEC said attendees should expect plenty of German food and and plenty of German music and dancing.

Live music from the Roseburg German Band will happen from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This 14-member German band has played together since 1955 and is dedicated to playing traditional German music. It’s a chance to show off your best polka or chicken dance, Hamann said.

“This is our 10th year doing the event, and it just keeps growing in popularity,” Hamann said.

There will be wine from Anindor Winery and beer from Hop Valley that are donated to the fundraiser.

There will be brats, hot pretzels, potato salad and red cabbage, and desserts, and freshly pressed cider.

There will be several vendors and a kids’ fall activity booth.

“It is a family friendly event, with plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available,” Hamann said. “You can make your own Germain alpine hats to wear during the event, which is always festive.”

This year, there is also going to be a mountain man encampment at Fort Umpqua below the ECEC near the Umpqua River, with historic re-enactors.

The event raises money for the educational programs and schools groups that take advantage of the ECEC.

“The money raised will support the ECEC’s year-round educational activities, including the robotics club and the music program at Elkton High School,” Hamann said.

Commemorative Elkton Oktoberfest mugs made by local potter Jayme Allen of Firebug Pottery, will be available for purchase during the event, but supplies are limited.

You can bring your own apples or purchase them on site, to take advantage of the cider press.

Event-goers are encouraged to bring their own containers to take their freshly pressed cider home.

Doors open at noon Saturday, and the event wraps up at 4 p.m. Admission is $6, and kids 12-and-under are free with a paying adults. The event is open to all ages.

ECEC is a nonprofit organization founded to provide cultural, educational and social activities to participants of all ages. For more information, call 541-584-2692 or visit www.elktonbutterflies.com.

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