BY RUTH KINGSLAND
Two popular Joint Base Lewis-McChord events are combining this year for a day of fun and all things recycled — or German.
The installation’s successful Fall Flea Market and Oktoberfest joins at Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Fest Tent on Lewis Main Sept. 16 for what’s expected to be an incredible day of deals, bratwurst, German potato salad, apple strudel, German beer and jaegerschnitzel — a flattened and fried pork cutlet with mushroom sauce.
The event will be at the tent next to Bowl Arena Lanes, 2200 Liggett Ave. on Lewis Main — with the flea market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Oktoberfest event overlapping slightly, from 2 to 10 p.m.
The Fall Flea Market will be outdoors, under small tents, while Oktoberfest will be inside Family and MWR’s Fest Tent.
The combined event is a way to get more flea market buyers and sellers involved in Oktoberfest and more Oktoberfest attendees excited about the flea market, according to Megan Braholli, recreation specialist with Family and MWR.
“We have a lot of great events on base, but Oktoberfest is my favorite,” Braholli said. “What isn’t there to love about Germany?”
Braholli and her husband, Sgt. Robert Braholli, 508th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, moved to JBLM last year from Germany where Braholli was stationed for the past five years.
The couple hails from Canton, Ohio, originally, but Germany is home, she said, adding she cooks many traditional German dishes, but enjoys going to Oktoberfest because of the German community atmosphere.
“Oktoberfest is one of many German celebrations that go on all year long in Germany; I love all the festivals,” she said. “If it’s summertime there’s a celebration; if the leaves are changing it’s time to celebrate. Anything brings on a celebration and lots of food — simple but good.”
Bounce houses, food vendors, games and a rock climbing wall will be available.
As for the flea market, Braholli won’t be selling any items, but she just might find time to peruse the many tables of treasures.
And, there’s still time to sign up to sell items. It’s $26 to rent two 6-foot long tables to sell gently used items and $30 for three tables. Additional tables are available for $6 per table. Participants must be authorized Department of Defense ID cardholders to purchase space to sell items.
For more information, email specialevents@JBLMmwr.com or call 253-967-6772.