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Last updated 10/3/2019 at 9:48am

The recent Edmonds Rotary Club Oktoberfest proved to be a good choice for a first-time Edmonds community event and fundraiser to further Rotary support of local projects.

The range of activities provided at the Sept. 20-21 festival must have developed from plenty of brainstorming, beginning with someone’s suggestion of “Why don’t we do an Oktoberfest?” I don’t actually know anything about the development of the Edmonds Rotary Oktoberfest concept, but it certainly worked out to be an event warmly embraced by the community.

If Edmonds residents hadn’t heard of the Oktoberfest tradition in Bavaria, they certainly didn’t have to look further than Leavenworth to get a sampling, did they? Always a popular tourist destination, Leavenworth takes advantage of its Bavarian theme and its golden fall weather and annually coaxes people from our side of the mountains to venture over for Oktoberfest fun.

The community participates with alpenhorns and oompah-pahs bands, lederhosen and dirndl skirts, beer and bratwurst – and many people coming out to join the fun.

What if Edmonds held a festival with some of those features – and more? And what if there were no charge for admission? What if local businesses and individuals paid to sponsor the event? What if attendees paid only for beer tastings and for other beverages and food and T-shirts?

What if there were numerous free daytime activities for kids? Of course – all of that! In any case, the idea started somewhere and took root, and sprouted. Did anybody wonder whether it mattered that Oktoberfest would take place in September? It did not matter, though it did bring perfect weather.

And then I can imagine some brave soul at one of the planning sessions blurting out, “Hey, why don’t we invite people to bring their dogs?” WHAT? Well, that probably brought about a bit of discussion, didn’t it? Somehow the discussion eventually led to inviting dogs to the event—and adding a Pet Parade, featuring costumed dogs, and their people. What did a parade of dogs have to do with an Oktoberfest? Nothing. And wouldn’t they fight? Hopefully not.

So. OK. Yes. Appropriately leashed dogs could attend the festival with their owners – and, yes, there would be a parade, so those owners could show off their dogs. Or vice-versa.

I knew my friend (and fellow Edmonds Writing Sister) Kizzie Jones would favor the decision to invite dogs to the Oktoberfest. Her “TALL TALES Indie Publishing Co.” was one of the numerous community-sponsors of the Oktoberfest, and I’d guess Kizzie and Thom and their sweet Dachshunds – Buster, Nikki and Josie – arrived in plenty of time for the Pet Parade.

The three dachshunds, costumed in autumn foliage outfits, fit in perfectly at the Bavarian-themed event.

Saturday evening, while I volunteered at the information booth, the Rain City Time Machine band played on through the dusk, people danced to “Saturday in the Park,” chatted with friends, and appeared to be in no hurry to go home.

Before the 10 p.m. closing time, food trucks ran out of food and shut down and breweries apologetically ran out of beer to sample.

The successful inaugural Edmonds Rotary Oktoberfest drew to a close.


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