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The event will include activities that are more spread out to make social distancing easier 

PMG FILE PHOTO - From left, Alison, Nicole and Nolan Robinson participate in a previous Fall Harvest Festival.

The city of Wilsonville is helping the community adjust to, and celebrate, the changing of the seasons during its annual Fall Harvest Festival. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Stein-Boozier Barn and Murase Plaza in Memorial Park.

The event will include a pumpkin patch, donuts, coffee, a scavenger hunt, a compost bucket giveaway, a magician, a balloon artist, air-brush tattoos and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. The city is accepting dog and cat food treats for Wilsonville Community Sharing in lieu of an entrance fee.

Erica Behler, the parks and recreation coordinator, wrote via email that the event will be both similar to and different from previous years. For one, there will be more events spread out over a wider vicinity. The 2020 festival was held mostly virtually, so this year's iteration will be more like its other predecessors. However, the traditional carriage and horse rides were nixed this year due to the difficulty of social distancing.

"Our hope is that by providing more activities, it will not only make the event more exciting but will also encourage attendees to spread out a bit more, instead of all being in the barn at once," Behler wrote.

The pumpkin patch will include 500 small pumpkins spread out across the grassy area near the barn. Attendees can pick out a pumpkin free of charge. They also can decorate their pumpkin at a craft table. Therapeutic Associates of Wilsonville helped purchase the pumpkins.

The scavenger hunt, titled "The Hunt for Manny's Magic," will task participants to find Manny's missing magical items. Those who complete the hunt will have a chance to win a prize basket. Two winners apiece will be announced at 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Behler strongly encouraged attendees to wear a costume to the event. She's planning to dress up as a witch.

"It adds to the overall atmosphere, and I think the kids really love it," Behler wrote about wearing costumes.

The city is looking for volunteers to help set up the event from 7-10 a.m. and to clean up from 1-3 p.m. To do so, call or email the parks and recreation department.


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