Hello to all.
Thankfully, we made it to July which means that next month is MOGust on Waldersee Farm in rural northwest Oregon. That’s right! We are once again rapidly approaching Northwest MogFest. The official dates are August 16th-19th, 2012. For those counting, this will be our thirteenth annual event…our Baker’s Dozen. Earlier this year, we had the bright idea of collecting recipes and publishing a commemorative event cookbook. Instead of going that route, we are requesting that those attending feel free to bring thirteen of whatever suits your fancy. Judging will be totally arbitrary and performed by the trusted NWMF gnomes with the top three entries receiving awards. These items do not need to be a food product.
Who should attend NWMF? The more important question is: Why would you not attend NWMF? The common theme remains the celebration of the unique, the out of the ordinary…the extraordinary. I am referring to both the people and the vehicles present. We hope to see those who own or have interest in Unimogs, Pinzgauers, Haflingers, Volvo C-series, Land Rovers, Range Rovers/Discos, FC101s, Mercedes G-wagens, Mercedes Dusseldorfer vans/busses, Sprinters, VW Typ 82 and Typ 166, Things, LT and Iltis trucks, VW Syncro Vanagons and any other VWs including Westfalia and other campers, Bajas, Tuaregs, French Lohr 501s, Tatras, DAFs, MAN trucks, Steyr-Puch 680s, Mitsubishi expedition trucks and any other interesting and uncommon high mobility vehicles. There may be a few domestic ex-military trucks sporting European badging as camouflage.
Like last year, we are once again rolling out the red carpet for the Microcar and Minicar owners and enthusiasts as well. We have thoroughly enjoyed attending the Great Pacific Northwest Microcar and Minicar Extravaganza held in Forest Grove the past two years and I have no doubt enthusiasts of that automotive Microcosm will bring a whole new facet to the NWMF experience. Hopefully, we will see the Isettas and Messerschmitts, Minis and Mokes, , tiny Subarus, Hondas, Suzukis and Toyotas , DKWs, DAFs, Goggomobiles, Vespas, Fiats, Crosleys, Citroens, NSUs, Lloyds, Velorex, Zundapps and others. Coots, Westcoaster Mailsters, Cushmans, Urals, Motorschubkarre and KleinMantisWagens are also encouraged to make an appearance.
Back again this year will be the slip-n-slide, zip line, women’s heavy equipment operation contest, axe throwing and the ever present phenomenal off-road driving opportunities. Meals, on-site camping, swimming, the evening theater, showers and the usual fun will all be here just waiting. The two local fire departments may be dreaming up some sort of competition and the ladder truck will be back. There are a few surprises in the works. Last year, it was the Walking Beast. The year before were the helicopter rides. This year? You will just have to come and see for yourself. And should you find NWMF too boring, we have the Spruce Goose/Evergreen Air and Space Museum/Water Park, countless wineries, Spirit Mountain Casino and the entire Pacific Ocean just a few miles down the road.
If you have never attended before, we encourage all to search You Tube for Northwest MogFest entries and look through the website at: NorthWest MogFest
Keep in mind that this is an invitation only event but all you need to do is have an interest in attending and…ask to be invited through the website. Vehicle ownership is not a requirement. In 2008, a DVD documentary was filmed on the farm during that year’s NWMF event. I have it on good authority that a much longer documentary will be filmed at this year’s event.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Hope to see many of you in mid-August on the farm.
Take care and safe travels.
Em & Jim and the entire NWMF family