We always have fun walking around Mt. Angel. In the center of the festivities is Die Fruchtsaule, a harvest monument that is a symbol of the bountiful harvest and is a beautiful piece of folk art created from all sorts of different grains, dried legumes, and produce.
The we made our way to the bandstand area, where we enjoyed hearing tradition folk music and some yodeling. There was also Bavarian style dancing which was pretty entertaining, some of the local school groups had put together some fun dance routines.
I am typically on the other side of the festival area most years around noon, watching the dachshund races, but this year we were there in time for the May Pole Dance which occurs every day of the festival at noon, what a fun dance to watch as the ribbon is braided around the pole.
After the May Pole dance we hurried over to St. Mary's church, the church hosts traditional music concerts throughout the festival. This year we attended the Salzburger Echo Alpine Horn performance. The church itself is quite a beautiful building, full of beautiful architectural detail and stunning stained glass. The Alpine Horn concert was fun, the band members were funny and entertaining and spent some time teaching about the Alpine Horns.
This year we went with Joe's girlfriend as well, here the kids were having fun trying on mini hats at one of the booths. All around it was a very fun day!
Every year, on the way home from Oktoberfest, I stop in at a local farm stand to see if the honey crisp apples are in yet, and Gary likes to stock up on corn. This year the different varieties of squash were begging for a photo.
Just a couple more days until fall is officially here, I am looking forward to the crisp fall air, and all of the rich colors of the season.