The only Swiss-Bavarian cultural festival in the western U.S. features tasty local bratwurst, Terminal Gravity brews, The Polkatones dance band, the Tirolean Dancers of Oregon, Swiss yodeler Shelby Imholt, alphornists Phil and Gayle Neuman, free polka lessons and art, craft and gift shopping at the Alpine Fair.
We get underway Thursday, Sept. 29, in historic Enterprise and continue Friday through Sunday at the Joseph Community Center in the Old West-themed town of Joseph. The town is named for Chief Joseph, heroic leader of the Nez Perce people who inhabited the Wallowa Valley for centuries.
We orginally were scheduled for the Joseph Rodeo Grounds but have moved to accommodate the U.S. Forest Service, which has set up an incident command base to fight wildfires in Wallowa County.
The dramatic Wallowa Mountain country offers hiking, camping, boating, swimming, fishing, hunting, North America's deepest canyon and its steepest four-passenger tramway. Also: a public art walk, art galleries, quaint shops and great eats.