Fall festival harvests community spirit
Bobbing for donuts, painting pumpkins and embarking on hayrides were just a few of the ways attendees of this year's Estacada Harvest Festival welcomed the fall season.
The event, organized by the Downtown Estacada Commission, took place from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Harvest Market Square.
Along with a variety of vendors, the afternoon featured live music from O Brother, a chili cook off and opportunities for those interested to show off their skills in pie eating or bike and scooter decorating.
Dustin Allwine and Audrey Letouche, two culinary arts students at Estacada High School, worked with their classmates to create a beef and bean dish known as the Rockin Ranger Chili and cornbread. Their creation took first place in the chili cook off.
Letouch said that teamwork and following steps to ensure safety in the kitchen were two valuable elements of their chili creation process.
Mid-way through the event there was a surprise flash mob dance, during which anyone interested could move along to "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake.
Members of the Estacada High School RIOT dance team, and later Mayor Sean Drinkwine, sat in a dunk tank and were frequently submerged in water. Aaron Neldner took anyone interested on hayrides through the city's downtown.
Young attendees of the festival could bob for donuts that hung from strings, receive balloon animals and have their faces painted.