The event organizer said he's 'disappointed' not to be able to stage the Sept. 12 festival

PMG FILE PHOTO - Hungry event attendees hold up their decked-out 'Famous Scappoose Sandwiches,' featuring a grilled Oktoberfest sausage on a bun topped with sauerkraut, tomatoes and lettuce.Hankering for that Famous Scappoose Sandwich? How about a cup of sauerkraut ice cream?

You'll have to contain your cravings at least until 2021. The Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival that was scheduled for Sept. 12 has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Event director Dave Bliss broke the news on Facebook Wednesday, May 20.

"I had a vision of how I wanted the festival to go, ideas about improvements and changes that might become status quo in future festivals. The promoters of the festival, the Scappoose Community Club, (were) supportive and creative with suggestions and assistance during the ongoing preparation," Bliss wrote.

Bliss acknowledged he was "disappointed" to be announcing the cancellation, but he added, "Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of the residents of Columbia County and the visitors that support local activities, however, and the decision is absolutely the correct one during these uncertain times."

This would have been only the second Sauerkraut Festival since its revival in 2019. The longtime tradition in Scappoose ended in 2014, but community members rallied to bring it back last September, marking its 30-year anniversary.PMG FILE PHOTO - A long line forms for the Famous Scappoose Sandwich being sold by the Scappoose Community Club at last September's Sauerkraut Festival.

Organizers have hope to once again hold the festival as an annual event, but with social distancing guidelines expected to remain in effect at least into fall — measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus — this year will mark another with no Sauerkraut Festival in Scappoose.

The event celebrates Scappoose's industrial heritage. For years, the city was home to Steinfeld's sauerkraut processing plant.

The festival also features live music and entertainment, games and activities, and an array of local vendors.PMG PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Polish exchange students Magdalena Kunicka and Artur Jozwiak get ready to taste sauerkraut ice cream served by Lyanne Cook at the 2014 Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival.

By Mark Miller
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