Downtown Hermiston business owners are excited for the annual Treats on Main event Friday.
East Main Street will be closed from Highway 395 to Northeast Fourth Street as children trick-or-treat at businesses from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A carnival featuring a variety of activities will also take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hermiston Conference Center.
The Hermiston Parks and Recreation Department has organized the festivities for about five years, and Recreation Supervisor Dan Earp said the event is the second largest during the year.
“It’s busy,” he said. “If you come onto Main Street, both sides of the street, the sidewalks are full. Almost all of the businesses on Main Street and other businesses from around the community participate in handing out candy and other treats.”
He said an estimated 3,000 people attended the event last year, and this year 65 businesses and organizations are participating.
“The event would not be successful without the support of the businesses on Main Street, and we do get a lot of support,” Earp said. “The businesses really enjoy participating.”
Rogers Toyota of Hermiston is sponsoring the event this year, and General Manager Jack Kemp said he is looking forward to the festivities.
“We just want to be involved in the community,” he said. “It’s awesome to see the kids in all the costumes. We want to provide a safe environment for them to go trick-or-treating.”
He said some staff members will be dressed in costumes and plan to hand out candy, either on Main Street or at the Conference Center.
“I hope the Hermiston residents all bring their kids down and the people from the outlying areas,” Kemp said. “It should be pretty cool.”
Neighborhood Books & Gifts owner Michael Gormley said the business handed out more than 1,000 pieces of candy last year and has already bought six bags to give away this year.
“I think it’s great — as long as you’re not a dentist,” he said. “It’s a good community interaction. It gets people to know what’s down here.”
Catching Some Rays Tanning Salon owner Chelsea Cooley said the business participated last year and enjoyed the safe environment provided for the children.
“I’m excited,” she said. “My kids go down Main Street and do it, too. They enjoy it. We don’t even go trick-or-treating outside of downtown anymore.”