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The event showcases farms and businesses from all around the Stafford Hamlet

PMG FILE PHOTO - Families can enjoy a hayride during Stafford Family Fest at Fiala Farms.Stafford's Family Fest is more than a fun kickoff to the fall — it's a chance for families and farmers in the Stafford Hamlet to come together and show the surrounding communities what the area has to offer.

After canceling the Family Fest in 2020 and 2021 out of caution over COVID-19, the hamlet is bringing back the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Fiala Farms.

The hamlet first held Family Fest in 2017, and over the next couple of years the event attracted around 750 people, including local officials from West Linn, Lake Oswego and Tualatin.

"We're very excited to (hold the event) again," said Rich Fiala, whose family has run the Stafford-area farm for over 100 years.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Children wind their way through the Fiala Farm corn maze during the Stafford Hamlet Family Fest in West Linn. At Family Fest, people can explore the farm, learn about the businesses of the hamlet, visit with farm animals, hear from community nonprofits and talk with local authors. Fiala said West Linn's Tumwater Vineyard and the Eugene Wine Cellar, which is where the Stafford area's Shipley-Cook Farm sells its grapes, will also offer wines at the event.

Further, there will be food, games, a corn maze, clown performance and a cake walk.

"The whole idea was to build community in the hamlet, and people are coming to share their information and represent what they're about," Fiala said. "We're a rural community and we want to show what the hamlet has to offer."

Fiala said choosing one part of the event as his favorite is difficult. Some people love the tractor-trailer ride, while others love the sack race, cake walk or the food.

There is no cost to attend the event or participate in the kids' games. Food, drinks and tickets for the corn maze will be available to purchase.

Fiala thanked Rolling Hills Community Church, Parr Lumber, Autotown Buick GMC and Family Fest's other sponsors for making the event possible.

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