Alpenfest to celebrate 30th year this weekend

The Z Musikmakers will perform at Alpenfest for the first time this weekend at Wallowa Lake. Submitted photo

Alpenfest will be 30 years old this weekend, as it welcomes the autumn season and livens Wallowa Lake with a combination of Bavarian-style music and dance, Irish step dancing, an outdoor market, German-style food and beverage and an outdoor blueberry pancake breakfast.

Events get underway with the opening of the outdoor arts and crafts market about 1 p.m. Friday and continue through Sunday afternoon.

Alpenfest is welcoming back master yodeler Kerry Christensen of Utah, and welcoming for the first time the Z Musikmakers of Eugene, which features the Zollner family -- Paul and Pat Zollner and their four musical daughters.

All the entertainers will appear at shows at 7 p.m. Friday and at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Kerry Christensen will also perform in a one-man encore show at noon on Sept. 26. Tickets will be available at the door at all shows.

Alpenfest is hosted by volunteers of the Wallowa Lake Tourist Committee, who will be serving up their special meal of German sausage, rolls sauerkraut and potato salad all weekend. An all-you-can eat blueberry pancake breakfast is planned at 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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