Welcome to Mt. Angel, Oregon. This little town, founded in the late 1800s by German settlers, has an Old World flavor which is heightened by the many Bavarian style storefronts and the beautiful Benedictine Abbey and Monastery. Mt. Angel celebrates its German heritage each year during the Oktoberfest, one of Oregon's largest festivals.
What do we do with the money we earn from events?
For over forty years the Chamber has worked to improve the livability and economic environment of our community. We are a nonprofit organization without any paid staff. All of our work is performed by Board members, Chamber members, and volunteers. As you probably know, the Chamber hosts two major events each year – the Hazelnut Fest and the Volksfest as well as runs a booth during Oktoberfest that sells souvenirs. The goal for these events is to bring people to town, offer a place for local artisans to share their craft, and have some fun. Making money is also a goal of these events so that we can give back to our community. We use this money for ongoing projects, like Flower Baskets, Christmas Trees, and maintaining the fountain and granting scholarships.
But our FAVORITE thing is to help with special projects in the community.
Acquisition (with financial help from Oktoberfest) of the twin statutes of dancing children atop the fountain in the center of town;
maintenance of the fountain and surrounding flower bed;
Fourth of July parade and glorious fireworks display in the evening;
Vibrant flower baskets in front of local businesses and elsewhere during the summer;
The visitors kiosk on Main Street directing tourists to various attractions in town;
First Citizen banquets which every year honor individuals and businesses who have made significant contributions to our community;
annual scholarship awarded to the Junior First Citizen
The annual Community Forum with updates from Marion County Commissioners and our state representatives;
Candidates night when candidates for city, county, and state offices present their respective platforms.
Sarah Belleque, President
Anne Bruner, Vice President
Oregon Judicial Department
Kristi Brackinreed, Treasurer
Mt. Angel School District
Brian Halverson, Secretary
Mt. Angel Mercantile
White Corner Inn
Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant
Mt. Angel Publishing
Chief Mark Daniel
City of Mt. Angel Rep
American Legion Post #89 Rep