photos by PAUL NESTOR

The 19th Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest, hosted by the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by California Coast Credit, brought the community together for a fun and traditional event. This year’s event brought in a crowd of over 20,000 residents and visitors alike and featured a marketplace with over 200 vendors including authentic German food and beverages. The Bluebirds German-American band performed in the opening parade and on stage in the family section, and the Gemütlichkeit Alpine Dancers made an appearance again as well and demonstrated authentic dances from the German/Alpine ethnic areas. Polka and chicken-dancing, stein-holding contests, and a variety of merrymaking continued on throughout the day.