Beer, brats and lederhosen as far as the eye can see will signal the return of Oktoberfest in the Dairylands this Saturday, Sept. 7, at Tillamook’s Second Street Plaza.

Now in its fifth year, the Oktoberfest aims to recreate the celebration of Swiss music and culture that was a huge part of the childhoods of many Tillamook County residents.

“A lot of us grew up with Swiss dances, festivals, reunions and music being a huge part of our lives,” said Adam Schwend, one of the original organizers. “We felt that there would be those in the community who would love to relive those days.”

Entertainment at the event will include The Fabulous Polkatones, a polka band with its roots in Tillamook. Schwend’s great-uncle, Al Schwend founded the band in Tillamook in the 1970s and took it on the road all over the western United States. When Al passed away in 1997, the band continued on and does so to this day.

Dancing is also a huge part of Oktoberfest and Tillamook will be graced with both local and imported talent. The dancers from Oregon Coast Dance Center will again take part in the event, as well as The Tirolean Dancers of Oregon, a troop of professional dancers from Portland.

Chef Nelia Seratista will be on hand serving incredible Bavarian cuisine. Beer, wine, soda and water will also be available.

Oktoberfest in the Dairylands, a fund-raiser for the Monday Musical Club of Tillamook, will run from noon to 6 pm at the Second Street Plaza.

Tickets, $10 and including a commemorative mug while supplies last, can be purchased at the Tillamook Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, online at or at the gate. For more information, contact Schwend at 503-457-8865 or

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