Family fun first at Oaks Oktoberfest

Take a look and see why you don’t have to
travel far to enjoy a genuine Oktoberfest …

Emily MacKay, promotion director for Historic Oaks Amusement Park leads the famous “Chicken Dance” in the Main FestHalle.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Again this year, historic Oaks Amusement Park was teeming with men dressed in lederhosen and ladies in dirndl dresses, as the 18th annual Oktoberfest was in full swing.

“Of course, we have lots of German sausage and beer,” said the promotions director for the 103 year old park, Emily MacKay. “But we also have a Kinder Plaza for kids, wiener dog races, cooking demonstrations, craft vendors, and all of our great midway rides.”

Sara and Nick Vaday drink in the fun at the Oaks Park Oktoberfest.

Strongman John Romero shows off his muscles by ringing the bell at the Oaks Park Oktoberfest.

MacKay said what makes their Oktoberfest different from many others is its family-friendly nature. “This is the celebration where everyone can bring the kids, grandma, and grandpa, and everyone has a wonderful time!”

With two bands playing into the evening, attendees danced, talked, and ate bratwurst, chicken schnitzel, and smoked-chicken dinners.

Chad Siegel, proprietor of Family Tree Nut Company, shows off his product, freshly-made in this genuine German-manufactured roaster.

Mt. Scott residents Jessica and Steve Eckhardt dance up a storm to the toe-tapping tunes of the Greg Meier Alpine Quartet.

And, it wouldn’t be an Oktoberfest without repeated rounds of the famous Chicken Dance. From the very young, to old codgers, everyone got up and clacked their beaks, flapped their wings, wiggled their tail feathers, and clapped their hands.

Grilling the finishing touches on delicious-looking smoked chicken is Kate Lambo.

Fraulines Ali Burgess and Kim Grady say they’re enjoying the Oktoberfest celebration.

“We’re so happy that Zenner’s Quality Sausage & Smoked Meats is working with this year and next,” MacKay mentioned. It’s wonderful to find a local company who not only provides meats, they also help out with the décor, and design the activities of our event.”

© 2008 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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