Oktoberfest under way
Mount Angel Mayor Don Fleck addressed scores of early visitors during the official opening ceremony of the Mount Angel Oktoberfest.
Fleck told the gathering that 20 years ago, event planners had a tough decision to make: whether to hold the festival in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Two decades later planners were tasked with the same tough decision -- whether go ahead and have the festival in the current COVID-19 environment.
Fleck said the answer in 2001 was yes, and it was the right one. Planners believe it is the right decision this year as well.
The event kicked off at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, and by midday the town was filling up as sights of colorfully-garbed gamers in theme were ubiquitous and a wide variety of grub was plentiful.
The food booths are set up by nonprofits, and for many it is the most important fundraising event of the year.
Over the more than half-century of Octoberfest events, money generated from the event has helped local nonprofits to the tune of $3.4 million.
The festival begins at 11 a.m. each day, running through Sunday, Sept. 19. To see photos of Thursday's Oktoberfest activity, visit the Woodburn Independent Facebook page.
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