Thursday, August 04, 2005

Harvest Festival Fun!

Well, there's so much going on these days, it's hard to keep track of! How to have fun, get out in the community, and celebrate the season you ask? Well....

Here are my fave picks to celebrate the Fall! Click on the festival title to take you to its website.

1. Mt. Angel Oktoberfest - We seem to go every other year, and therefore thoroughly enjoy it each and every time. They also have the biggest Craft Fair outside of Saturday Market, a huge variety of ethnic food carts, plus endless Bier/Wine Gartens w/funky Polka music. Get there early, park close, and take all day to wander the town - don't miss the Maypole & dancing!

2. Shrewsbury Renaissance Fair - We've only been twice, but have heard they now have permanent building and many improvements. We're looking foreward to going with friends from Salem this year for sure!

3. Oregon State Fair! Hey - and guess what!?? The Oregon Country Fair is presenting "LiveArt" (hands-on public art projects) at the Fair! The main artist directing the public art project is Francisco Letelier, whom I saw in person delivering a live poetry reading at OCF this year! I highly recommend visiting this year! You get a significant discount if you buy tix in advance from TicketsWest (online or at Safeway stores).

4. Your local Farm/Produce Stand - Often these places have big fall displays, like a Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch or Cider-making/tasting. These are often free, and often have kid friendly activities. Yay! (Link takes you to info on farms in the Oregon Tri-County area; Multnomah, Washington & Clackamas)


Anonymous said...

When does one have time for all this fun.

It would be so nice to be able to bi-locate. Then one could be in two places at the same time.

So sad that are just plain folk.
Signed, mombo

ladybug said...

Well, just by happenstance this year the ShrewFaire & the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest are NOT on the same weekend.. SO....

- 1st weekend in Sept - OR State Fair
- 2nd weekend Shrewfaire
- 3rd weekend Oktoberfest
- 4th weekend hang out at the farm
(no money left)

No rest for the wicked!

The Moody Minstrel said...

Too bad some of us are faced with travel expenses that pretty much preclude any of those events.

Then again, I have plenty of festivals in my own backyard, so I guess I'll shut up.

Seymour said...

5. Hanford Daze of Holy Hell- Though forgotten by some, this last week of August offers the chance to hunt real live(?!!) radioactive mutations on the banks of the beautiful Columbia River. Participants are issued an aluminum baseball bat and Geiger Counter and are then let loose in an orgy of violence and genetic cleansing. Points are awarded for size, style and Post Traumatic Stess Disorders. Last year's $10,000 bonus mutant is still on the prowl, and all hopes of chasing down "Corn Cob Bob" before he breeds are growing faint.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Is it legal to use one of those microwave beamer rigs?