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Autumnal 5K and costume run replaces beloved holiday-themed 'Reindeer Romp'

SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO - Children and adults can wear costumes at the various events hosted by the City of Wilsonville Oct. 27-28. The City of Wilsonville will soon roll out its most expansive weekend of fall activities in years.

Wilsonville will host the Fall Harvest Festival from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. And on Sunday, Oct. 28, autumnal aficionados can enjoy the Fall Frolick 5k and Kids Dash Costume Run at 9 a.m. and movie night in the Stein Boozier Barn from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All three events are located at the the Stein Boozier Barn in Murase Plaza, 8300 S.W. Memorial Drive.

"This is definitely a bigger weekend of events than usual," Parks and Recreation Coordinator Erica Behler said. "We stepped it up a little this coming weekend."

At least this year, the 5K and costume runs have replaced the annual "Reindeer Romp," a family fun run that typically occurs later in the holiday season. Behler said the run was cancelled due to construction at the event's location, the Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle's Restaurant in Wilsonville. Behler said the City may bring the "Reindeer Romp" back next year.

The City hadn't decided the exact route for the Fall Frolick 5K run, which costs $15 to enter, when they talked with the Spokesman but Behler said it would mostly wind through the gravel and forest trails at Memorial Park.

"We're excited about it because we're gonna run through Memorial Park," Behler said. "It will be nice fall colors. We'll probably run it for a few more years to see if it will gain popularity."

Children and adults are also encouraged to wear costumes during the Kids Dash Costume Run, which is free and will be a shorter race. The event will also include a photo station and coffee.

As usual, the Fall Harvest Festival will feature carriage rides hosted by Chasin Farms, pumpkin decorating, face painting, story time presented by the Wilsonville Public Library, a costume parade and a photo station. The event is free but attendees are encouraged to donate to Wilsonville Community Sharing Inc., which advises people to donate toiletries rather than canned food.

"The Harvest Festival has become an annual community favorite. The free, low-key event gives families an opportunity to come explore Murase Plaza from the back of a horse drawn wagon," Parks and Recreation Program Manager Brian Stevenson said.

For the first time, the City is hosting a fall movie showing in the barn later in the day and "The Spiderwick Chronicles," which is rated PG, is the movie of choice. This event is also free but people need to register first as space in the barn in limited.

"We toyed with the idea of doing a scarier movie but it might have blocked out a portion of the population," Behler said. "It's a good mix of animated and non-animated for adults and kids and fits with the Halloween theme."

For more information about the events, visit www.wilsonvilleparksandrec.com/parksrec.

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