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Visitors can enjoy free pumpkins, hay rides and crafts on Oct. 20 at PCC Rock Creek's 2018 Harvest Festival.

PHOTO COURTESY: JANICE NICHOLS - The 2018 PCC Harvest Festival hosts activities for children and families, including arts and crafts geared toward learning.  The 2018 Harvest Festival at Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus is here to help students and families celebrate fall on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Located at 17705 N.W. Springville Road, north of Hillsboro, the event is free to everyone and is "student driven," Director of Student Life at PCC Rock Creek, Mandy Ellertson, said.

Ellertson has organized it year after year, with students running the event alongside her for more than fifteen years at Rock Creek.

The event is geared toward young people and families, but anyone who wants to get their autumn spirit on is welcome, Ellertson said.

"There are lots of opportunities for children to engage with some of the possible future careers," Ellertson said. "Our vet tech program will have a petting zoo, our firefighters club will be on campus and have activities. There are just lots of ways to learn."

There will also be live music, dancing, a henna station, pumpkin painting, craft stations and plenty of areas to take family photos.

PHOTO COURTESY: JANICE NICHOLS - Hay rides will be offered at the PCC Harvest Festival at its Rock Creek campus on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hay rides will be offered throughout the day, as well as tours of PCC's Learning Garden to see ongoing sustainable gardening projects.

Families can also come and choose a free pumpkin to take home.

"It is a great place to bring young people and families and being able to see what PCC has to offer, as well as a safe space to enjoy the fall," Ellertson said.

The Washington County Museum, located on the Rock Creek campus, will also be open to show its newest exhibit, "AgriCulture," showcasing oral histories of local residents involved with the industry.


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