Residents are invited to an upcoming gathering in downtown Estacada to celebrate the start of the fall season.
The Estacada Harvest Festival is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Harvest Market Square, 280 N. Broadway St. The free event organized by the Downtown Estacada Commission will feature hayrides around town, a pie eating contest, scarecrow decorating, a petting zoo and bike and buggy decorating contests.
Along with a variety of activities, the festival also offers food vendors, as well as live music from The Casimir Effect from 1-2:30 p.m. and O Brother from 3-5 p.m.
Children's activities include pumpkin painting, bobbing for doughnuts, searching for candy in haystacks and playing giant Jenga and other board games.
All interested are encouraged to participate in the bike and buggy contest and decorate a bicycle, tricycle, stroller, wagon or wheelbarrow. Prizes will be awarded to the top competitors.
Chefs are invited to join the festival's Chili Smackdown, a cook off in which participants vote for the best chili. Proceeds will be split between the winner and the Estacada Area Food Bank. Those interested can enter online at estacadaharvest.tixsimple.com.
For the scarecrow decorating event, leaders at the Downtown Estacada Commission hope to encourage local businesses to make creatures that are representative of the services they provide. Additional details about this will be released in the coming weeks.
Sponsors of the Harvest Festival include Estacada Harvest Market, Office Depot, Winthrop Web Services and Northwest Technologies.
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