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With downtown trick-or-treating canceled, Clackamas County Fairgrounds will host no-contact drive-thru event

PMG FILE PHOTO - Trick-or-treaters flood Canby's downtown streets on Halloween in 2018. This year because of the pandemic, an alternative event is taking place at the fairgrounds.

Usually around this time of year, people are busy planning their Halloween costumes for trick-or-treating. This year, the global pandemic has raised some question marks regarding the spooky holiday, but don't stop that planning just yet.

While Canby's long tradition of hosting trick-or-treating downtown is a no-go this year, the staff at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds & Event Center have stepped up to provide a safe alternative.

They will host a Trunk or Treat event in the blue parking lot at the grounds, 694 N.E. Fourth Ave., from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 31.

"We know that so many businesses and a lot of guests from the community look forward to trick-or-treating downtown," said Tyler Nizer, fairgrounds event coordinator, "and so we're just looking to fill that void and hope that the community can enjoy something through this time."

The idea came about right after staff at the fairgrounds heard about the downtown cancellation. Nizer said they reached out to the city and organizers to see if an alternative would be a possibility.

Everyone agreed a drive-thru event could work. So, here's how it will go:

Participating businesses will decorate their vehicles and fill their trunks with candy. On the day of the event, the business vehicles will be parked — spaced apart and trunks open.

Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and masks, hop in the car to drive through, and then watch the candy from all the business owners fill their trunks.

PMG FILE PHOTO - In years' past, the downtown streets of Canby have become quite crowded with costumed candy-seekers.

"It leaves no exposure to the people handing out candy and the people receiving it," Nizer said.

Just like the downtown event, Trunk or Treat is free for all.

"We're just doing this because the community wasn't able to do that downtown," Nizer said. "We didn't want to put anybody at risk, but we thought that this was a way that we could substitute that and be there for the community … and do so in as safe a manner as possible."

Of course, business participation is essential for a successful event. Those with businesses interested in joining in should call the fairgrounds at 503-266-1136 or email Nizer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kristen Wohlers
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