Die Fruchtsäule


Die Fruchtsäule – the Harvest Monument

Official Symbol of Mount Angel Oktoberfest

The Harvest Monument will be here for 2020! The official symbol of Oktoberfest will be relocated for the 2020 festival to the Festhalle Platz out front of the Biergarten.

Those of you who need to get the annual family photo will have the backdrop you need.

Thanks to Philis Schmidt for her time and talent this year.

2020 Harvest Monument panel with Edelweiss and Heart
The first 2020 panel with Edelweiss and Heart

Oktoberfest Harvest Monument in 1973
The 1973 Monument being placed. One side is incomplete, to be finished once standing.

This column is a symbol of the bountiful harvest and of the goodness of Creation.  Located in the center of the festival area, underneath the Glockenspiel. The Harvest Monument reflects the importance of agriculture to the surrounding communities. Reminding us that even in today’s world of technology and fast pace, the harvest provides for the most basic of needs.

A Harvest Monument has graced every Mt. Angel Oktoberfest since the beginning in 1966, and was designated as the official symbol in 1969.  This is a great place to meet, gather your friends, and capture a group photo to record your visit.

While there is no Die Fruchtsäule at Munich’s Oktoberfest, Mount Angel adopted this German symbol from other volksfests and harvest celebrations.  A much grander structure is erected each year at the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart, first held in 1818 as an agricultural festival.

An Annual Work of Art Evolves Over Time

Oktoberfest Harvest Monument in 2015
2015 Harvest Monument celebrating 50 Years!

This annual work of art has been crafted over the years by a series of artists.  Early works were of larger fruits and vegetables nailed individually in geometric shapes on a four-sided-obelisk.  This evolved into artworks of finer detail by using pasted seeds and more recently adding painted backgrounds and faces to enhance the detailed work and portray the annual theme.  Every one of the Die Fruchtsäule have been unique works of art, carefully designed by artistic talent to grace our Oktoberfest.

The Harvest Monument Artists by Year

Model designed by GM Oritz for Mount Angel Oktoberfest.

Philis Schmidt:  2002 to present
Donna Hues and Elyce Brown: 2001
Nancy Scharbach:  2000
Pam Meziere:  1988 – 1999
Debbie Unger: 1984 – 1987
Becky Hanson: 1981 – 1983
Terri Schmidt: 1978 – 1980
Gayle Fisher: 1977
Terri Schmidt & Kathy Schmitz: 1973 – 1976
G.M. Ortiz: 1966 – 1972

Take a moment to visit and reflect ‘upon the harvest and creation’ as you admire the beauty of Die Fruchtsäule – the Harvest Monument.