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Oct. 29 and Oct. 31 are two big dates for fun in downtown Main Street area of town.

Oregon City's first downtown harvest festival is set for noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, on Main Street. PMG FILE PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Tyson Lowther, as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from 'Ghostbusters,' walks Oregon City Main Street with his wife, Jennifer, and their sons Owen, 6, and Logan, 2.PMG FILE PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Oregon City Commissioner Rocky Smith hands out candy at the Trick or Treat on Main Street celebration in 2017.

It's free for all to attend, and festivities include a marketplace with local vendors, arts and crafts and more. There will be exciting things happening on Main Street from 10th Street to Highway 99E including live performances by the Dancing Witches, Meralee's Dance Studio and Abernethy Performing Arts. Main Street will offer an obstacle course, a visit from Uncle Eerie and a "Thriller" flash mob.PMG FILE PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Joshua and Jenny Edwards dress as action figures to trick-or-treat at Coffee Rush with their daughter, Zara, 4.

At 7 p.m., the Halloween Pub Crawl and Costume Contest begins for those 21 and older.PMG FILE PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Tom Geil (left) and Rocky Smith (right) hand the Spooktaculary Decorated Home Haunt first-place award to Tim Ulsky and Persephone Haley.

Next up the Downtown Oregon City Association offers fun for the whole family with the Trick or Treat Main Street event from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

What started as an opportunity for businesses to hand out candy to a few dozen kids in costume has turned into an event drawing thousands of people from all over the county packing Main Street sidewalks in long lines. OCPD officers and police cars will fill Main Street's Liberty Plaza, next to the Clackamas County Courthouse, offering children temporary police-badge tattoos, candy and playtime with an OCPD canine.

"We're members of the community, so it's good for us to be out here and visible in a safe environment," said OCPD Capt. Shaun Davis.

PMG FILE PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Wendy Libke and her daughter, Ziva, enjoy the Trick or Treat on Main Street celebration with Oregon City Police Officer Dan Shockley.OCPD Reserve Officer Rob Libke gave out candy during one of the first Trick or Treat on Main PMG FILE PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Oregon City Police Officer Dave Edwins hands out candy at the Trick or Treat on Main Street celebration.Street events in 2013, when there were fewer participants. The celebration has increased from an estimated 800 participants in 2015, 1,300 in 2016, to numbers well into the thousands for the pre-COVID years. Libke and his wife, Wendy, loved children; in 2013 they were expecting a daughter of their own.

Halloween 2013 turned out to be Libke's last. On Nov. 3, 2013, while protecting a grandmother and her grandchildren, Libke was shot by an arsonist.

OCPD's participation in Trick or Treat on Main Street has turned into an annual celebration of Rob Libke's life, featuring a 3-foot poster of him on a stand that pictures him handing out candy in 2013. Wendy Libke and their daughter, Ziva Nicole Libke, now 8, often attends the annual event and enjoys interacting with Libke's former law-enforcement partners.

PMG FILE PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Ellie Hamburg, 8, pets an Oregon City Police Department canine officer in Liberty Plaza."The police department has given me a lot of support, so it's the least that I can do to support the department right back," Wendy Libke said. "It's for Ziva and it's for the police department. Attending this event is something that Rob would have continued doing."


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