What is next years Deutschesfest dates?
Deutschesfest always falls on the third full weekend in September (Saturday-Sunday).
Is there a fee for visiting to the festivities?
There is no fee for visiting Deutschesfest in general. There is a fee for parking RV's and for entrance into the Biergarten.
Where do I park?
There is plenty of parking on residential streets adjacent to downtown for automobiles. For RV's, there is the tourist park just east of downtown, and its adjacent streets. All parking areas are first come; first serve, with no hookups. Also available for RV's and tent campers, is the school's Finney Field complex, parking on a lush green ball field!
Where do I stay, are there motels, camping etc?
Odessa has one motel, the La Collage Inn (509) 982-2412. It is most likely booked a year in advance, along with Odessa Golf Club and RV Park (509) 982-0093. Odessa's Reiman and tourist park fill up with RV's a week before Deutschesfest. There is no 'reservation' system in place for camping or RV's in the park. The Odessa School District allows RV parking and tent camping at its Finney Field sports complex. The location is on West 4th Avenue, across from the museum. Just look for the signs once you enter town.
What does it cost to park at the ballfield campsite, and can I reserve a camping spot?
There is no 'reservation' system in place, it is first come, first serve. It is common practice for early arrivals to 'stake out' space for friends arriving later. No one has ever been turned away due to lack of space.
The cost is $30 if arriving Wednesday or Thursday. $25 if arriving Friday and beyond. Note that on Wednesday, you cannot park till after 5:30pm. There is no water or electricity available on site. There is a 'rudimentary' wastewater dump across from the cemetary on the west end of town.
We were interested in finding out about your parade?
The Kiddie and General Parade starts Saturday morning at 10am, running west to east on First Avenue (SR 28) through downtown Odessa. The parade coordinator's are the employees of the Odessa branch of Washington Federal (formerly Bank of America). If you are interested in being a parade participant, please contact the bank below, also you may download an application here.
P.O. Box 219
Odessa, WA 99159
How do I enter the Fun Run?
You can download an application form here. The form contains all the information about the Fun Run.