Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival to make return
After ending in 2014, the Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival is back to celebrate 30 years since it started.
The festival will be held on Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Heritage Park.
"We were just trying to figure out some activities for Scappoose, because so many things are gone," said Susie Wilson, one of nearly a dozen organizers re-establishing the festival. "Let's bring it back — kind of on a lower key, of course — and see how the community responds."
When the festival first started, Scappoose was home to sauerkraut company, Steinfeld's. Though the factory closed in the early 2000s, the festival continued through 2014. But that year, the Scappoose Community Club voted to make the August 2014 event their last one, capping a 25-year annual tradition. The decision was made as donations and volunteer hours dwindled, increasing the cost to the Scappoose Community Club.
The Sept. 14 festival is planned to start in the morning with performances by a school choir. In past years, the festival offered live music, contests, vendors and food booths — with, of course, an emphasis on sauerkraut.
"It's pretty much going to be how it always has been," Wilson said.
One change for this year's festival is the addition of a beer garden. Wilson, who has also volunteered with St. Helens' 13 Nights on the River concert series, said the success of that event's beer garden shows that people would enjoy the addition.
"It's packed in there all the time," Wilson said of the St. Helens event. "People like to have a beer or drink and listen to music."
The event merges with the Scappoose Farmers' Market, which takes place Saturdays between May and September from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The decision to host the festival came just last month, leaving just a few months to prepare. In past years, the festival has attracted up to 10,000 visitors.
"Because it's only three months away, I doubt we'll get that, but I think two or three thousand," Wilson said.
There are already 60 booths lined up for the festival, but organizers are looking for more vendors and volunteers.
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