East County Business News – La Mesa Chamber to host Oktoberfest kickoff party, annual meeting

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

East County Business News by Rick Griffin

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will combine its annual meeting with an Oktoberfest kickoff party from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Continental Catering, 8238 Parkway Dr., in La Mesa. Refreshments will be bratwurst from Tarantino Gourmet Sausages and craft beer from Samuel Adams Brewery. Cost is free Chamber members and volunteers. Guests are $10 per person. RSVPs are requested by Sept. 16. To RSVP, call (619) 465-7700, ext. 2, or send an e-mail to rsvp@LaMesaChamber.com. The La Mesa Chamber is now in its fifth year of operation.
The Chamber will co-host, along with the La Mesa Village Merchants Association, the 40th annual La Mesa Oktoberfest, a three-day street festival, Oct. 4-6. The annual Oktoberfest, considered the largest Oktoberfest celebration west of the Mississippi River, draws more than 250 vendors and 200,000 people to La Mesa. The event is held over 10 city blocks in Downtown La Mesa along La Mesa Boulevard, between Acacia Street and 4th Avenue. The Chamber’s beer garden pavilion is located in the Allison Street parking lot, between Pine and Palm streets. Oktoberfest’s presenting sponsor is Sycuan Casino, entertainment sponsor is Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and food court sponsor is Windermere Real Estate SoCal – La Mesa.