Organizers are gearing up to sow some family fun as the Morrow County Harvest Festival returns. In its eighth year, the free event is Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outdoors on the grounds of the SAGE Center, 101 Olson Road, Boardman.

With all major events cancelled in 2020 except the annual Christmas Light Show, Torrie Griggs, the facility’s director and Boardman Chamber of Commerce executive, is looking forward to the Harvest Festival. The exclusively outdoor festival, she said, celebrates the end of the harvest season.

Visitors will find nearly two dozen booths offering regionally produced agricultural goods and handmade artisan crafts. Renee Ortiz, the chamber’s communications specialist, said a handful of food and beverage vendors also will be on site.

In addition, Ortiz said Kid’s Corner activities include pumpkin decorating, face painting, a bounce house, an obstacle course and a petting zoo.

New this year is a Pinewood Derby. There’s still time to get in gear for the races, which includes three divisions from kids to adults. Kits are available at the museum store. Sponsored by Amazon Web Services, prizes will surely bring smiles to the faces of winners.

Other popular activities include mule-drawn wagon rides with Brian and Karli Cook of Equine Elegance. The event also features live music by Hermiston native Dallin Puzey. In addition to writing and performing his own music, Puzey plays a variety of familiar folk, country, rock and pop songs.

”Dallin is a great performer who was well-received in the past,” Ortiz said. “His music is also family-friendly.”

With support from Threemile Canyon Farms, the “Harvest Bounty for Youth in Agriculture” also returns. In exchange for a small donation to local 4-H and FFA programs, festival attendees can take home a bag of locally grown produce. Ortiz said people often donate anywhere from $3 to $10 or more.

“This is a great partnership because it not only raises awareness of our local agriculture industry but it also allows people to enjoy local produce grown by their friends and neighbors,” Ortiz said. “Plus, it is a fundraiser.”

Other than its restroom facilities and the museum store, the SAGE Center won’t be open during the event. Be sure to check out the inventory, which showcases the talent and creations of local artisans as well as offering numerous regionally-produced products.

For more information, call 541-481-7243, search Facebook or visit www.​​visitsage.com.

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