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Mount Angel hosts two-day celebration of the wurst at the 'best fest since O'Fest.'

The Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce has announced the last great blast of winter. Mount Angel Wurstfest, now in its 10th year as the annual celebration of the German (wurst) sausage, takes place in the Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 S. Wilco Highway, on Feb. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days.

Adult admission is $5, or $10 with a specialty stein or glass (limited availability). Youths under 21 accompanied by an adult are admitted free.

Special events include Senior Day (for ages 65 and up) from opening to 3 p.m. Friday, with some limited giveaways. On Saturday, RaceNorthwest sponsors the Wurst 5K/10K Run & Walk starting at 9:30 a.m. Fees include registration, course map, entry to Wurstfest, beer glass and a complimentary beverage. Register at http://racenorthwest.com/wurstrun/.

Inside the Festhalle and in a large covered tent, there's a lively and enjoyable small village atmosphere. Area sausage makers — Mount Angel Sausage Company, Urban German and Ebner Sausage — present 19 of the best of their wurst, including bratwurst, currywurst, frickadelwurst and many others garnished with sauerkraut, grilled onions, curry ketchups and mustards plus other great German dishes. Featured at the two bars are five Warsteiner beers from Germany, a lively IPA from local Seven Brides Brewing and, in limited amounts, the Benedictine Black Habit Dark Ale from Mount Angel's Benedictine Abbey. There is an array of German and regional wines plus non-alcoholic beverages as well. Artisans and craftspeople display their foods, condiments, hats, clothing and more. Baked goods, chocolates and other delicacies round out the food offerings so you can buy in time for Valentine's Day.

INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - Varieties of German sausage delight people of all ages at the annual Wurstfest in Mount Angel.Non-stop music at Mount Angel Wurstfest features Oktoberfest favorites: the Z Musikmakers, Bavarian Echoes, Doppelbock and, back after a short absence, Paul Smith and Friends. There is also dancing by local troupes: the Engelberg Dancers and the Mount Angel school children, the Kinder dancers. The Kleinstadtlers are also back and will perform both days.

A Kindergarten corner starts Friday at 3 p.m. and continues all day Saturday featuring arts and crafts, face-painting, balloon art and more for the young and young at heart.

So dust off your lederhosen, starch up your Bavarian dirndl, pack your running clothes and join the happy folk of Mount Angel for a fun-filled two-day celebration of the wurst at the "best fest since O'Fest."

Major sponsors for this event are Warsteiner Brewery of Germany, Seven Brides Brewing of Silverton and Mount Angel Sausage Company.

For more Mount Angel Wurstfest information, call 503-351-9292 or visit http://www.mtangelwurstfest.com.

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