ah yes, it's time for Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel, Oregon, and we are lucky to live only 17 miles from this little town, so we celebrate every year. I forgot my camera, so the pics you see here are from the official Oktoberfest website
This German celebration has been a tradition in Mt Angel for over 40 years.
Why September some ask...
Oktoberfest is a generic word meaning a HARVEST CELEBRATION. In Germany most fall festivals come at the end of the harvest when the crops are in and everything sits in the lager house. It is time to celebrate the year's hard work and praise the Creator’s bounty with a grand harvest festival. Few harvest festivals in Germany are called OKTOBERFEST. All however, are harvest celebrations. In Mount Angel, Oktoberfest always starts the second Thursday after Labor Day – about when the hop harvest is in.
Webentanz – Mount Angel school children perform a German weavers (May pole) dance and other Bavarian folk dances each day at noon
oh my the FOOD--that is the main reason this event can't be missed!
So much shopping to be done--and things you find only at a German Harvest festival!
If you love to dance polka, this the place!
And it would not be Oktoberfest without the Biergarten!
..they have a weingarten too...
Until next year!