Local families are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and receive a free pumpkin at the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, in Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main St. The event has moved from its usual Wednesday afternoon to Saturday in hopes this will be a more convenient time for families. The event, which is completely free and open to everyone, will take place rain or shine.
More than 300 pumpkins will be harvested from Washougal’s city garden plot behind City Hall for the event. An additional 800-900 pumpkins will be purchased with a generous donation from Columbia River Realty. All pumpkins will be handed out free, one per child, while supplies last. There will be games and activities in Reflection Plaza, and downtown merchants will have candy on hand as part of the popular “Halloween Hunt.” The event will also feature carnival games run by student volunteers, balloon animal makers sponsored by IQ Credit Union, apples donated by Washougal Family Dental, popcorn from the Washougal Fire Department, a selfie station, and more.
Second grade students from Gause Elementary planted the pumpkin seeds last spring during a field trip to City Hall and the seeds were donated by Washougal True Value. Representatives from the Washougal Library, City of Washougal, Unite Washougal, Downtown Washougal Association, Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance, and Washougal Round Table each cared for a portion of the patch to ensure a bountiful harvest of pumpkins for the event.