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Deutschesfest Fun Run/Walk Information and Application

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Deutschesfest Street Fair Information and Registration Form

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Local 8th Grade Student Has Chance to Win National Award

Did you know that our very own Elizabeth Larson, 8th Grade, Odessa Middle School is a state winner in a poster contest? She is one of 50 state winners (one from each state) and has the chance to become the NATIONAL winner! National winner will be determined by on-line voting so lets spread the word! To vote for Elizabeth’s poster, go to The “Unlock Code” is shade and the “School Code” is vote 13. Then, simply follow the instructions, choose Washington’s poster and click Vote. Make sure you share this so that we can get Elizabeth the most votes!

New Business Opens on Main Street

Experience Quilts! has now opened in the space formerly occupied by The Quilt Crossing. Lise Ott and business partner JoEllen Wollman have been cleaning, rearranging, buying new stock and setting up ever since former owner Ardis Wraspir closed her doors in mid-December.

A grand opening is planned for March 1 and 2, and visitors will be treated to demonstrations, prizes and plenty of new stock to look at. As of this past Monday, however, quilters have already been able to have a look around or buy new fabric or notions or kits and books.

Ott, formerly a reporter, photographer and jack of all trades for The Odessa Record for about two years, has always been an avid quilter. Visitors to many Odessa events will have seen the accomplished artistry of her quilts on display, and a lucky few may have won one in a raffle at any number of fundraising events held in town throughout the year.

Wollman, too, has a long history of quilt-making for herself, her family and for fundraising events. Although she is currently employed by the Odessa School District, she will spend her free hours during the school year and her summers helping out at the quilt shop.

What’s new

The new shop will offer quilting services on the premises. Ott’s long-arm quilting machine occupies one whole corner area. Keeping up with new technology, Ott has ordered numerous gadgets that make the quilter’s life easier. A new type of ruler has also been acquired which will be demonstrated at this year’s Quilt ‘til You Wilt in March.

Proprietor Lise Ott has worked tirelessly to prepare for the grand opening of the shop, coming March 1 and 2. Her business partner JoEllen Wollman (not pictured) helps whenever her other job allows.

The “Book Nook” is another new feature of Experience Quilts! Two upholstered chairs on either side of an end table with a lamp provide a comfortable place to look through the many books and patterns carried by the shop. Many modern quilt patterns and books are also available, demonstrating the latest trend in quilting that focuses on a few pieces of color on a solid background. The selection of fabrics in the shop is intended to find appeal with most quilters. Everything from children’s flannels to sophisticated batiks will be offered.

Ott also plans to offer beginning classes in quilting, possibly during weekday evenings or on Saturdays. More advanced classes may be a possibility down the road.

The shop is receiving new merchandise every day, and Ott says she is in equal parts “excited, exhausted and terrified.” She is most excited, however, about the wonderful support of the local community. Since she put out the “open” sign on Monday, a steady stream of visitors has come through the doors. A couple of carloads of out-of-town quilters also saw the sign and came in to shop. It would appear that Odessa’s newest venture is off to a good start

-Story and picture courtesy of the Odessa Record


Stumpjumpers Motorcycle Club Brings New Faces to Odessa

The World Famous Desert 100 – Since 1969 when this annual race began, the Desert 100, once known as Mattawa, has been the most prestigious off road race of the year. In addition to the race, the Desert 100 weekend features the following events:

Family Poker Run – This is a fun event for the whole family and each year it gathers hundreds of riders just looking to have a fun ride and great time.

Iron Man Poker Run – This is not for the faint at heart. Designed for the more advanced rider, this event is much longer and harder than our family poker run.

Dual Sport – We also put on a very fun ride for those who have dual sport bikes. People always look forward to these events knowing they are in for a fun day. You will have lunch at the Brewery, see the sights of Odessa and the surrounding area which includes private property trail rides including the BLM Lakeview OHV area!

Food Drive – We host a food drive for the Odessa Food Bank at the race site on the race weekend.  Your donations are gladly accepted.  Pet food accepted too.  Thanks for your support!

This years races:

Frostbite – March 23rd

Whiteknuckle – March 24th

Desert 100 – April 6th and 7th


Work Continues on Kitchen Project

Phase 1 Complete! The first part of the kitchen remodel was completed on time and our favorite foods were ready in time for Deutschesfest. With Fest in our rear view mirrors, progress on the Kitchen Project is moving right along. Phase 2 to start soon. photo IMG_2080_zpse4d00266.jpg


Demolition Kicks Off Kitchen Project

Work has begun on the next phase of the community kitchen upgrade, and the storage areas that were on the north side of the kitchen have been demolished. Asphalt from the existing concrete pad out to the end of the building has been broken up in preparation for removal. Michelle Melgren reported that the $10,000 rural development grant awarded by the Lincoln County Economic Development Council has been received.

Rod Webster, who has been working on the kitchen project, said that his next concern is to get someone in to do the plumbing before October 15, which is when the building contractor is scheduled to start. Webster added that he won’t need much help from volunteers until the pole addition is up and the concrete slab is ready to be poured.

Source: Odessa Record


42nd Fest in the Books

With the 42nd Deutschesfest wrapping up, the locals had a few minutes to reflect on the weekend.  As the booths were shut down and the saw dust swept up, the buzz around Odessa was that Fest did a-okay.

Reports are still flowing in from the various organizations that help support the three day event with various crafts and ethnic foods, but the word is numbers are up!  We are happy to hear and extremely proud of the efforts displayed not only to the vendors that traveled to fest, but also to you, the patrons who came and shared the 42nd with us.

We hope you enjoyed fest as much as we did and were excited to see and experience the new attractions and venues.  We couldn’t be happier with the new outdoor stage at the Fest Platz that the Lions Club spent many late nights building.  It looks amazing.  We cannot wait to see what you have planned next.

The Biergarten co-chairs, Dejay Buck and Jennifer Martin did a fantastic job keeping the traditions alive.  Without them or their team putting in the hours that they do, fest would never happen.

We have some big plans for next year and many years to come.  Our goal is to make the 43rd Deutschesfest the best Deutschesfest that you have ever experienced.  That also goes for the 44th, 45th, 46th and so on!  We hope that you had a great experience this year and can’t wait to see you next year!


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