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HOPS Fest celebrates the harvest

Annual event to be held on Saturday

Hood River HOPS celebrates the harvest season by showcasing outstanding and unique Northwest beers.

Come sample smooth, malty Lagers and very hoppy ales brewed with local fresh Hops! This year's festival will showcase 20 Breweries, regional wineries, hard apple cider and tasty rootbeers.

Hood River HOPS will be held Oct. 8 and is free and fun for the whole family. The event is located downtown on corner of Columbia and Fifth Streets, and will run from noon until 9 p.m.

There will be live music from the hot rockin' blues of Too Slim and the Taildraggers to Bavarian Umpah by the High Fives Band, also including the unmistakable drumming of Samba Hood Rio and more.

The Downtown 5th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest will be held in conjunction with the Brewfest from 2 to 5 p.m. Registration for the contest will be at the event, next to the G. Williker's Toy Shoppe Kids' Play area. All ages are invited to participate.

Face painting, balloon art, kids' play area with train tables, games and puzzles, a rock climbing wall and booths featuring a variety of regional arts and crafts will add to the festivities.

A range of food vendors will be available to supply a selection of tastes.

This is the only festival in Oregon where you can enjoy over 35 of these special seasonal beers. The choices range from the Ayinger Oktoberfest from Germany to "over the top" hop Ales that include more than 6 varieties of hops. There is something for everyone with styles ranging from Pilsners, to a smoked Oktoberfest and even a creamy Milk Stout.


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