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Following a five-year break, economic team revives popular fest centered on fermented cabbage

PMG FILE PHOTO - Hungry event attendees hold up their decked out Famous Scappoose Sandwiches featuring a grilled Octoberfest Sausage on a bun topped with sauerkraut, tomatoes and lettuce during the 30-year Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival held Sept. 14. The festival, dormant for five years following a 25-year run that started in 1999, will return in 2020.

After a five year hiatus, the Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival returned in 2019 for a 30-year anniversary celebration.

Discussions about reviving the festival returned among members of the Scappoose Economic Development Committee earlier in 2019.

Susie Wilson, the festival's lead coordinator, worked with other volunteers, including Scappoose Community Club members and the city of Scappoose, to collectively deliver a successful festival revival on September's second Saturday, Sept. 14.

While a week earlier than prior iterations (and more likely to deliver late-summer sunshine, which was the case), festival-goers enjoyed classic components of past festivals, such as the Famous Scappoose Sandwich and cabbage bowling, and also were exposed to new features, such as a beer garden and inaugural community presentations.

As for the festival's future, it will make a return in 2020. Scappoose Community Club members are actively working to identify a coordinator for the 2020 version, and while it will continue with many of the festival's traditional features, fresh attractions are also under consideration.


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