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Rock Creek Campus scares up another Harvest Festival
Photos and Story by James Hill
Halloween is just around the corner and so is the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus’ biggest event.
The eighth annual Harvest Festival will be held just in time for Halloween. It will go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, Rock Creek Campus, 17705 N.W. Springville Road. The suggested donation is $5 per family, which includes, as long as the supply lasts, a free pumpkin from the Rock Creek Campus pumpkin patch. In addition, visitors gain free admission to the Washington County Historical Society Museum.
The festival is popular with younger folks and attracts more than 1,000 people every year. Along with the popular pumpkin patch, the festival will include hayrides, a petting zoo featuring the animals of the PCC Rock Creek farm, face and pumpkin painting, musical entertainment, raffles, a contest to guess the weight of a pumpkin, balloon artist, and plenty of arts and crafts. Metro also will be on hand to educate people about how to keep their homes healthy and free of toxins with several staffed booths. Capping off the day will be sustainability tours and an earthen oven demonstration.
It all started eight years ago when former campus president Bill Christopher said he wanted a pumpkin patch. The patch would be the focus of a new event leading up to Halloween. Not only would the local community get a chance at a free pumpkin and some fun activities, he said, but would be introduced to all of PCC’s services. In its humble beginning, the Harvest Festival incorporated activities with the Washington County Historical Museum, Rock Creek Farm, Landscape Technology program; partnerships that continue today.
For more information, call (503) 614-7379.