Estacada Harvest Festival ushers in fall
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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