Bavarian-style music and dance, Irish step dancing, a colorful outdoor market, German-style food and beverage and an outdoor blueberry pancake breakfast will all be part of the 30th annual Alpenfest celebration at Wallowa Lake. All events are centered around Edelweiss Lodge Sept. 24-26.
Alpenfest is welcoming back yodeler Kerry Christensen of Utah, who organizers bill as "one of the most popular entertainers in the 30-year history of the festival."
New at Alpenfest will be Z Musikmakers of Eugene, a family of musicians who perform a variety of folk music inspired by their Bavarian heritage. Paul and Pat Zollner, who play accordion and keyboards, have been entertaining at Bavarian festivals around the Northwest since 1977. Their daughters Katie, Monica, Theresia and eighth-grader Christiana joined them as soon as the girls were able to sing.
Also returning this year will be a troupe of eight dancers the Comerford School of Dance, which specializes in Irish step dancing. The school is a network of six dance studios in the Pacific Northwest. Students from the school have placed in the top three and the North American and World Championships, and appeared in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.
All the entertainers will appear at shows at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 25.
Kerry Christensen is scheduled to perform in a one-man encore show at noon on Sept. 26. Tickets will be available at the door.
The celebration will get underway Friday afternoon, when more than 50 arts, craft and food booths open for business, and will continue through Sunday afternoon next weekend.
Alpenfest is hosted by volunteers of the Wallowa Lake Tourist Committee. For more information about Alpenfest and Wallowa Lake, visit the Web site at http://www.wallowalake.net/ or call 800-585-4121.