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Community event organized by the Downtown Estacada Association returns after pause for several years.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND -  Children paint pumpkins during the Estacada Harvest Festival.

Brightly painted pumpkins decorated Broadway Street during a recent event in downtown Estacada.

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the annual Harvest Festival returned to town after a few years of cancellations because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members gathered on Third Avenue between Broadway and Zobrist streets for the event organized by the Downtown Estacada Association.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Local musicians Rick and Barb provided live music during the Harvest Festival.

"I am thankful for everyone who attended and participated in Harvest Festival this year," said Mara Enciu Garrett, community development coordinator for the city of Estacada. "The vendors, volunteers and families looked like they were enjoying themselves, and the event brought us all together in a way that was unique and special after a couple of hard years with COVID. I want to thank all of our volunteers, including Adult & Teen Challenge and Timber Lake Job Corps."

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Participants attempt to consume as much pie as possible during the Estacada Harvest Festival's pie eating contest.

Local musicians Rick and Barb provided a soundtrack to the day as attendees painted pumpkins, enjoyed balloon animals, showed off their wheels in a bike and stroller decorating contest, explored wares from local vendors and participated in a pie-eating competition.

Vendors offered face painting, crafts, jewelry, cider and food. Timber Town Fitness encouraged those interested to complete planks and push-ups as part of an exercise challenge, and the Estacada Public Library staff gave out free books.PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Estacada Harvest Festival attendees participate in a pie-eating contest.

The day's festivities were capped off with an apple pie-eating contest, where human and canine friends gathered around the stage as competitors each devoured as much apple pie as they could.

Sponsors of this year's Harvest Festival included Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, Comcast, Orchid Health Wade Creek Clinic and Timber Town Fitness.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Balloon animals were a popular offering at the Estacada Harvest Festival. PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Many of the Harvest Festival's adult attendees also participated in the pie-eating contest.

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