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By Veronica Rocha | October 4, 2009
MONTROSE — Thousands enjoyed frothy beer, warm bratwurst, freshly popped popcorn and live music Saturday along Honolulu Avenue during the annual Oktoberfest. Monrovia resident Pam Anderson started off the afternoon by snacking on some sweet popcorn and watching the crowd during what she said was destined to be a long night. Anderson attended last year’s rainy Oktoberfest, but she said she stayed for only a few hours. This year, she planned to meet some friends, drink ice-cold beers, eat a traditional German dinner, including sausages and sauerkraut, and cap off the night sometime near the event’s closing time at 11 p.m. “The food and the people mostly draw me out here,” she said.
October 10, 2008
Rain, rain just wouldn’t go away, but you can’t rain on our parade. We still had a great time at Oktoberfest on Saturday. People came out in droves with their umbrellas in hand. Oktoberfest is one of Montrose’s most anticipated events and it showed. The traditional aroma of bratwurst cooking was in the air and it smelled delicious. We started off with the coloring contest and the winner was George Kamar, 5 years old and possibly a future artist. We then moved to our Best Dressed Dog contest where Lily, a miniature dachshund only 10 months old and owned by Stephanie Drucker, “wagged” away with the grand prize.
By Robin Goldsworthy | October 10, 2008
Last Saturday?s 31st annual Oktoberfest had a few additions to previous years? festivities, including a wine booth, more ticket and food booths ? and umbrellas. Intermittent rain kept some folks home, but according to Oktoberfest chairperson Jane Kane, a strong crowd still visited Honolulu Avenue for a dose of German good cheer. ?It was good crowd, considering the weather,? Kane said. ?The rain did hinder us some, but people really tried, coming with their umbrellas.? Though it?
By RUTH SOWBY | October 8, 2008
The Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce pulled out all the stops for its 31st annual Oktoberfest on Saturday in spite of morning showers. The order of the day was German cuisine, Oompah bands, dancing, carnival rides, bingo, and costume and Best-Dressed Dog contests. Disappointed that her tiny Chihuahua-mix in authentic Bavarian dress didn’t win was Lainie Nakai of Echo Park. “Jerry was robbed,” Nakai said. Joining Jerry and Lainie were sister Kristi Nakai from Hollywood and Gail Byrd of Montrose.
By Jeremy Oberstein | October 6, 2008
Hundreds of revelers drank, ate and were generally merry Saturday, despite the rain that peppered the opening hours of the 31st annual Montrose Oktoberfest. Gray skies and steady showers were the primary culprits for the light crowd at the yearly affair on Honolulu Avenue that is sponsored by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce. The normally filled avenue in the morning was relatively bare as die-hard festival goers noted the change of pace. “It’s completely dead,” said Gerri Oddon, a Sun Valley resident who has been attending Oktoberfest in Montrose for a decade.
By Robin Goldsworthy | October 3, 2008
Whether you?re into bingo, bratwurst or even the chicken dance, all tastes will be satisfied at this year?s Oktoberfest. Beginning at noon tomorrow (Saturday), and continuing until 11 p.m., the annual German festival is expected to host over 20,000 attendees converging onto the 2400-2500 blocks of Honolulu Avenue. For many, this will be their first time to the Montrose area as traditionally Oktoberfest celebrants come from all over the Southland. ?We?ve reached out to other areas and venues,?
By Veronica Rocha | October 2, 2008
Pull out your German beer steins, knee-length Lederhosen trousers and authentic Dirndl dresses from storage for the 31st Annual Oktoberfest Saturday. The event, sponsored by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce, will kick off at noon in the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Avenue in Montrose and wrap up at 11 p.m. Patrons will get the chance to feast on authentic German food and do the Chicken Dance. There will be two dinner areas at the festival — one opening at 2 p.m. and the second at 4 p.m. “What I like best is that it’s just a lot of fun for everyone to come hang out outside,” said Jane Kane, a member of the chamber’s board of directors.
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