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Mount Angel, OR: Oktoberfest > September 14 — 17, 2017
September 14 @ 10:00 am - September 17 @ 8:00 pm
Mt. Angel Oktoberfest – Sept. 14-17, 2017
Welcome to our Bavarian Family! Wonderfully, the Mount Angel Oktoberfest (http://www.oktoberfest.org) is the largest German folk festival in the Pacific Northwest. Amazingly, this community of 3500 hosts a third of a million guests each year. Indeed, Oktoberfest is in its 52nd year and getting better each year. For example, 2011, the 11,000 square foot, 2 and 1/2 million dollar Festhalle opened after seven months of construction.
Superlative Mount Angel
Everything in Mount Angel is wunderbar! Importantly, St. Mary Catholic Church is the iconic landmark of the community. Initially constructed in 1881, the present edifice is the “Gothic Jewel of the Willamette Valley”. Uniquely, the 200 foot tall bell tower and 26 stained glass windows intrigue visitors. Furthermore, on the hill top overlooking the city is Mount Angel Abbey. Specifically, this Benedictine monastic community dedicates itself to prayer, work, pastoral ministry, hospitality, and education. Founded in 1882 by monks from Engelberg, Switzerland, Mount Angel is the English translation of “Engelberg”. Additionally, the abbey church tower houses an eight bell carillon. Curiously, the lowest tone of the eight bells is the largest swinging bell in the Pacific Northwest. And lastly, if this were not enough, just down the street from St. Mary’s is the Glockenspiel, completed in 2006 — the largest glockenspiel in the United States.
Likelihood of rain makes this Oktoberfest a September festival. Specifically, average rainfall in October for in Mount Angel is over 3 inches — September usually gets only an inch. Indeed, Prost is the German traditional toast — “Cheers!” Uniquely, visitors have their choice of four entertainment venues: Biergarten, Weingarten, Alpinegarten, and Prostgarten. For example, more than ten varieties of bratwurst can be sampled. Importantly, all food vendors benefit local non-profit organizations. Lastly, the 120 plus arts and craft exhibitors all display only personally hand- made wares. Put on your liederhosen and dirndl and join us!