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Fest approaching fast, various groups working hard, work parties coming


The Marketing Committee of the Odessa Chamber has added new members Sara Dirks, Jesse Scheller and Kelsey Scrupps to its current roster of members Lise Ott, Sherrie Frederick, Terrie Schmidt-Crosby and Mo Sheldon. With the help of the younger generation, the Deutschesfest logo has been refreshed and simplified. Unlike the original, the new logo is a black and white line drawing that can be superimposed on a background of any color. One drawback of the original logo was that the many colors used made reproducing it a more expensive and complicated process.

The refreshed logo will be easier to place on any Fest-related clothing lines, cups, mugs and other items sold by the Chamber to help defray the costs of putting on Deutschesfest.

Scrupps and Dirks have also been made administrators for the Deutschesfest’s Facebook page, and they will be looking to update and refresh its look as well.

The Biergarten chairperson this year is Tami Smith, who has chaired the event in the past. Another former chairperson, Don Strebeck, will assist if needed. Lindsy Starkel will serve as Smith’s understudy this year and then serve as chairperson for the 2018 Fest.

Jennifer Martin

Chamber members reluctantly said farewell and gave a huge thank you to Jennifer Martin for her service, time and dedication over the past several years. She is moving back to Virginia to be closer to her family. Right up until the last minute, she has worked to raise money for youth activities during the festival. A company that provides inflatables and another that provides laser tag have proven very popular, and she hopes to be able to have both activities this year at Fest. Once she leaves, the following positions will be open:

• Youth activities coordinator for Fest

• An “at large” position on the Chamber board

• Coordinator for the annual banquet/New Year’s Eve party

Community float

Amy and Kevin Schaefer of the float committee reported that no June parades had been scheduled for participation by the Odessa float but that in July, August and September the float would be traveling to Soap Lake, Othello, Cheney, Chewelah, Omak, Pullman, Connell, Harrington and Wilson Creek. Miss Odessa Danielle Tebow and Princess Maleah Davison have begun doing the “Chicken Dance” on the float, handing out little rubber chickens to members of the crowd who joined in. The Schaefers reported that there is normally a lot of enthusiasm for the Chicken Dance.

While we are on the subject of chickens, let us remind the public once again that Hilda, the unofficial mascot of the Odessa Deutschesfest, is available to accompany Odessa residents to various locations around the area and the world in the time that remains leading up to the festival itself. Just recently, Hilda was spotted in the company of Nettie Miller when Miller visited her father in Colorado. Those planning to travel this summer may contact Lise Ott at Experience Quilts! to request Hilda’s presence (982-2012).


A computer programming class taught by science teacher Jeff Wehr has come up with a “DeutschesApp” which is intended as a quick-reference guide to all things related to Odessa’s premier event in September. It was mentioned at the June meeting of the Chamber of Commerce. More information will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

Chamber dues raised

The Chamber has raised its dues for business memberships to $75 each year. Individual memberships remain at

$50 annually.

Weekly Fest updates will follow. Send your information to or call 982-2632.


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