Fun is cropping up in Boardman as the SAGE Center hosts the fifth annual Morrow County Harvest Festival.
The event showcases the region’s produce, local artisans, regionally-produced agricultural goods and other local food products, said Stefanie Swindler, SAGE Center education coordinator. It kicks off Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 101 Olson Road, Boardman. In addition to the free festival, there is no admission charge to the museum throughout the day.
Festival highlights include artisan vendors, mule-drawn wagon rides from Equine Elegance, kids’ activities and a photo booth. Ordnance Brewing will offer beer tasting, and wine tasting is provided by Sno Road Winery and Echo Ridge Cellars. Over the years, the event has grown in popularity, Swindler said.
“It provides a sense of community pride and a lot of people want to come and support it,” she said.
The Kids Corner features such activities as face painting, carnival games, pumpkin painting, an animal corral and a 53-foot inflatable obstacle course. Also, kids and parents alike will want to visit with Ima Blueberry, a representative from the Oregon Blueberry Commission.
“She gives information about Oregon blueberries and some wonderful recipes,” Swindler said.
In addition, several food trucks will be on hand offering a variety of fare. The vendors include fiber artisans, high-quality packaged foods, home décor items and jewelry.
“Everything is handcrafted,” said Keri Heideman, Boardman Chamber of Commerce executive director.
Also returning this year is the Fall Harvest Bounty For Youth In Agriculture. Threemile Canyon Farms provides people a chance to “fill-a-bag” with locally grown potatoes, onions and sweet corn. A small donation is requested, which will go to support 4-H and FFA in Morrow County.
Although the festival is free, Swindler encourages people to bring money with them to purchase items from vendors, food trucks and the museum store. There is no ATM at the SAGE Center, she said.
The Morrow County Harvest Festival is presented by the Boardman, Heppner and Irrigon chambers of commerce in conjunction with the SAGE Center. For more information, visit www.visitsage.com or call the SAGE Center at 541-481-7243, the Boardman chamber at 541-481-3014, Heppner at 541-676-5536 or Irrigon at 541-922-3857.