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oktoberfest

September 18, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

There’s a big German-heritage community down in Mt. Angel, Oregon, that dates back to the 1870’s, and their annual Oktoberfest is legendary.

Spiral sausages on the grill at one of the hundreds of food booths:

At the downtown Glockenspiel, where Bo, Amber, Nancy, and I were waiting to meet up with Mark and Elisha, Andy, and Matt from Salem.

The Harvest Monument, built entirely of agricultural materials:

A close-up of the Harvest Monument, showing the details of how the “paintings” are made of seeds and grains.

The Salem folks arrived and we had a great time eating — I had schnitzel :-) — and checking out the art & craft booths. It was sprinkling slightly but then suddenly became a torrential downpour and even those of us who had come in rain gear were drenched! Elisha and Mark had been to several previous Oktoberfests and they said this was the first time it had ever rained. Being cold and wet kinda put the kibosh of the fun so we called it a day. Oh well, it was definitely fun up to that point!

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