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— Sorry… No Culture Fest in 2017 —

After eight years of amazing Helvetia Culture Fests, we are taking a break for 2017.  We have thoroughly enjoyed sharing our unique culture, heritage and history with friends and neighbors in Helvetia as well as visitors from all over the world, and we hope to continue this fun tradition in the future.

We are grateful for all our wonderful volunteers and vendors who have worked with us over the past eight years to make each annual Helvetia Culture Fest a success.

This year we are catching up on some very important projects, sponsored by Helvetia Community Association and a grant from the Washington County Cultural Coalition.

  • We are creating tours of the special landmarks of the Helvetia area so that visitors can learn more about Helvetia as they bike or drive through Helvetia.
  • We are expanding our first edition of “The Tualatins,” our first book about the Tualatin people in the Helvetia area, with newly discovered information never before published.  Our second edition will be available through the Helvetia Community Association (HCA) website in August, 2017.
  • We are sponsoring a newly designed website to showcase our heritage: HelvetiaHeritage.org.  This website will feature cultural tours as well as the stories of Helvetia's first families - early pioneers, settlers and Swiss-German immigrants.  Still a work in progress, its flexible design by our historian-author Ginny Mapes will allow more stories to be added in the future.

We are excited about our 2017 projects and encourage you to check them out!

Highlights from previous Culture Fests

The view from Accoyo Norte at Pacific Crest Alpacas
The view from Accoyo Norte at Pacific Crest Alpacas
Accoyo Norte
The Helvetia Alphorns
Grand Ronde Tribal Chairwoman Cheryle A. Kennedy
Cheryle Kennedy and the Grand Ronde Royalty Girls
The Grand Ronde Royalty Girls
The Friendship Dance
The Grand Ronde's 'All Nation Singers'
Cherry Amabisca, the Mistress of Ceremonies
Shelby Aeppli Imholt yodels and plays the accordion
The Big Eagle Singers
Helvetia Community Association's information display
Jody Jones displays local Helvetia products
Local Helvetia produce for sale
Donna Prock entertains the kids
The Grand Ronde information table
John Platt and the Helvetia Winery crew
Drummers and singers provide pie walk music
Hey there, no cheating!
Let's draw a number.  Who will win a pie?
The All Nation Singers and the Big Eagle Singers
'Michelle and the Beards' take the stage
Graham does some serious banjo pickin'
Tom and Glenna dance to the band
Some of our Helvetia neighbors
More Helvetia neighbors
More Helvetia neighbors
The crowd enjoys the show
The view from the loft -- What a great event!
   

The Helvetia Culture Fest is a fundraising event of the Helvetia Community Association, a 501(c)(3) cultural, educational, non-profit organization.  Admission proceeds help fund HCA's ongoing preservation efforts in the Helvetia community.


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The Helvetia Culture Fest is presented by Helvetia Community Association, a 501(c)(3) cultural, educational, non-profit organization, in partnership with the Washington County Cultural Coalition.


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