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Don't miss the annual open house at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora taking place from 4-7 p.m. July 19. It's free fun for the whole family.

A local rite of summer is the annual Community Open House at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, 15210 Miley Road in Aurora.

This year's event will take place from 4-7 p.m. July 19. It is free and open to all.

The event showcases the latest technology in farming and food production.

Research and outreach faculty and staff from NWREC will be on hand with displays and demonstrations to explain their work with hazelnuts, berry crops, vegetable production, Christmas trees, nursery and greenhouse production, pest management and small-scale farming.

A special feature each year is the hay wagon farm tours that depart every 45 minutes beginning at 4:15 p.m. Tractor driving will be available, too.

Visitors will be able to taste and compare berries being developed, and fresh produce will be available for purchase.

The open house is fun and educational for all. Special youth activities are organized by Master Gardener volunteers.

The Canby High School Future Farmers of America students and their parents will be grilling for anyone interested in enjoying dinner while at the open house.

For more information and directions, visit oregonstate.edu/dept/NWREC.

— The Review, Tidings

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