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      Fire reported at site of German American Festival

      Oregon police were called out to Oak Shade Grove in Oregon early Friday morning after a fire broke out at the site of the German American Festival.

      Oregon police were called out to Oak Shade Grove in Oregon early Friday morning after a fire broke out at the site of the German American Festival.

      Crews responded to the scene at 5 a.m.

      Reports indicate the fire broke out inside a cooler. Investigators are still unclear as to how the fire started.

      Festival chairman Tim Pecsenye said the cooler contained over a ton of potato salad prepared by volunteers. ??It took a volunteer team of between 140 and 150 people to produce all of this potato salad. We will not serve a product at the Festival that wasn??t homemade, so we??re starting over with our potato salad. Potatoes are on the way, and we hope to have at least 250 pounds of potato salad for visitors today,?? he said.

      Volunteers will work throughout the day Friday to make new batches.

      Anyone wishing to help peel potatoes is asked to bring a paring knife and pan to the main festival tent Friday afternoon. ??We??ve had continuous phone calls since people started hearing about the fire,?? said Pecsenye. ??It??s really heart-warming to see the quick and overwhelming response to this incident."

      No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.