The only Swiss-Bavarian cultural festival in the western U.S. features tasty local bratwurst, Terminal Gravity brews, Mollie B & SqueezeBox, the Tirolean Dancers, Swiss yodeler Shelby Imholt, virtuoso accordionist Alicia Jo Straka, alphornists Phil and Gayle Neuman, free polka lessons with Randy and Ashley Thull and art, craft and gift shopping at the Alpine Fair.
We get underway Thursday, Sept. 23, in historic Enterprise and continue Friday through Sunday at the Harley Tucker Rodeo Grounds 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.
The Wallowa Mountain country offers hiking, camping, boating, swimming, fishing, hunting, the deepest canyon in North America and the steepest four-passenger tramway in North America. Also: a public art walk, art galleries, quaint shops and great eats.
Recording artists Mollie Busta and Ted Lange, International Polka Association Hall of Famers, headline Mollie B & SqueezeBox, one of the most in-demand polka bands in the country. In addition to the SqueezeBox touring schedule, the Mollie B Variety Show is livestreamed free on Facebook and YouTube Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Pacific time; the Mollie B Polka Party is on RFD-TV Saturdays at 7 p.m. Pacific time and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time; and Mollie and Ted host the radio Mollie B Polka Party on KNEI Sundays at 5 p.m. and SiriusXM Channel 147 Sundays at 8 a.m.