JOSEPH – Directors of Oregon’s Alpenfest have gained nonprofit status for Wallowa County’s annual Swiss-Bavarian cultural festival.

At recent organizational meetings, the Alpenfest board of directors reelected Anderson as Alpenmeister and president, and elected Steve Lear, owner of Lear’s Main Street Pub & Grill, as corporate secretary. Other directors are Jacey Bell, Troy Berglund, Peter Brandt, Shane Matthews, Lynn Wolf, Mary Wolfe, Don Zavada and Jeanine Zavada.

Directors were appointed to represent all three communities where Alpenfest activities are located and for their support of Alpenfest, Anderson said.

Alpenfest started in 1975 as an event of the Wallowa Lake Tourism Committee and ran for 33 years. After the five-year hiatus, it was resurrected first through the efforts of Joseph businesspeople who then were joined by merchants at Wallowa Lake and in Enterprise.

The 2012 Alpenfest was regarded as a resounding success with an estimated 500 attendees at its performances and uncounted more at the Alpine Art, Antique and Craft Fair and the Alpine Breakfasts. The 2013 Alpenfest Sept. 26-29 will be expanded, with two polka bands, a Swiss yodeling club, an accordion concert in Enterprise and additional street musicians in Joseph.

Information about Alpenfest is available at oregonalpenfest.com or 541-432-0209.

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