German music, dancing, food and beer are set to take over two blocks of Honolulu Avenue during the 35th annual Oktoberfest hosted by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to crowd the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Avenue from noon to 11 p.m. to experience Bavarian costume contests — for dogs and people — carnival rides and other attractions.

“We want families to come out and enjoy themselves,” said Melinda Clarke, the chamber’s executive director.

The event is the organization’s main fundraiser. Last year it generated a net $39,000, a record.

By continuing to have three entertainment stages and including new additions such as a firefighter dunk tank, Clarke said she hopes this weekend’s event lives up to last year’s turnout.

-- Brittany Levine, Times Community News

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