For 23 summers, the city of Scappoose has hosted one of Columbia County’s most popular events – the Sauerkraut Festival. This year, the festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Heritage Park.
Festival organizers say the event draws anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 sauerkraut enthusiasts annually and features delicious sauerkraut-infused fare, such as chocolate sauerkraut cupcakes and sauerkraut ice cream, as well as the “Famous Scappoose Sauerkraut Sandwich”.
Visitors can try their hand at cabbage bowling, gorge themselves in a sauerkraut-eating contest or work-up a pre-gorge appetite by participating in the Matt Moquin 5K Fun Run and Walk. Registration for the walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m. at Scappoose High School, 33700 High School Way.
Dozens of vendor booths will be featured, including Master Gardeners with the OSU Extension Service, the Columbia Humane Society, Susan’s Classy Glass Creations, Old Oregon Smokehouse, Terrel’s Texas Bar-B-Que, Patty’s Kettle Corn and others. A complete list of vendors can be viewed by clicking here.
Locally-grown goodies and hand-made crafts also will be offered for sale at the nearby Scappoose Farmers’ Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
From noon to 3 p.m., helpers are needed to decide which sauerkraut recipe deserves the coveted “People’s Choice Award” during a celebrity sauerkraut cook-off and tasting event. Contestants include Scappoose natives, C.C. Barber, who is Miss Oregon 2009, Scappoose mayor, Scott Burge, and this year’s Sauerkraut Festival queen, Rachel Mayes, as well as Sheryl Stewart from The Buzz 105.9.
The event also offers family activities in the Columbia River PUD Kids’ Cabbage Patch with pony rides, a petting zoo, and crafts with the Girl Scouts. Live music and other acts will be featured on the Fred Meyer entertainment stage.
The stage schedule includes: 10 a.m., opening ceremony; 10:30 a.m., jazz duo Nina Reed & Larry Munson, with special guest Mark Alexander; Noon, Lyman Louis, americana/country/blues; 1 p.m., OPAS Dance; 2 p.m., sauerkraut eating contest; 2:30 p.m., Crossfire, country western; 4 p.m., Scappoose High School showcase; and 4:30 p.m., Backstage Pass, new/old country/heavy rock.
Heritage Park is located at Southeast Second Street, between East Columbia Avenue and Southeast Olive Street. For more information, contact Beth Pulito, 503-913-4476, or Lisa Smith, 503-543-2010, or visit the festival Web site at www.scappoosecommunity.org.
Those interested in participating in the 5K walk/run, contact Paula Holmason, 503-888-5592, or firstname.lastname@example.org.