A taste of German culture
George Morgan of Canby looked the part.
His dog, Hassenpfeffer, is aptly named for the part.
Both were in Mount Angel Friday afternoon, March 1, to take in Mt. Angel's Volksfest conviviality at the Mid-Willamette Valley community's Festhalle.
"It is the first time I've been to this," said George, who originally hails from Pennsylvania. "I used to bring my mother down here (for festivities) about 10 years ago. It's a very hospitable town.
"This is a wonderful event; I highly recommend it."
George and Hassenpfeffer, a strikingly large basenji-rat terrier mix, were among the earlier arrivals to Volksfest, which was slated to run through Sunday.
Volksfest celebrates the community's German heritage and features food, music, dancing, games and demonstrations. The "Wurst Run" is an added feature, taking place on Saturday morning and offering entrants a 5k and 10k option, and, perhaps, a thirst that can be quenched at the Festhalle later in the day.
A little bit of all the festive features were warming up Friday afternoon, and volunteers and organizers were anticipating it gaining steam and hitting a crescendo Saturday night.
This year's fest marked the 11th annual hosting of the event, which was formerly known at Wurstfest.
Event host Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce invited all comers to "dust off your lederhosen, starch up your Bavarian dirndl, and join the happy folk of Mt. Angel for a fun-filled, three-day celebration of the Wurst (Sausage) at Volksfest."