The 36th edition of Oregon's Alpenfest was the best ever.
Our new polka instructors, Randy and Ashley Thull from Wisconsin, were a huge hit. (That's them above.) Thanks to their free lessons, we had more dancers on the floor than we ever have had. We expect to have them back in 2015.
The Tirolean Dancers folk dance troupe introduced new and spectacular dances and got a rousing reception at every one of our performances. (That's them below.)
The Polkatones dance band, always fabulous, also didn't disappoint.
Our new Swiss yodeler, Arthur Brogli, was beloved by everyone who came in contact with him. In addition to our shows, he sang on top of Mt. Howard, at the Alpine House and Wallowa Valley Senior Living senior centers and anywhere he could find to stop and play his buttonbox accordion.
Our street accordionists on Main Street in Joseph also were big hits at the businesses where they performed, not to mention the talented Polka Express, the twin-accordion team of Jim and Shirley O'Brien, who played at Accordions at Alpenfest, at our main shows and at the Alpenfest Breakfests.
Everyone I talked to had nothing but great things to say about Oregon's Alpenfest. If you were here, you know what I'm talking about. If you weren't, you must plan to come next year on Sept. 24-27 to experience Oregon's Little Switzerland.