The Hermiston Herald is running a true scary story contest on its Facebook page through Saturday, Oct. 30, at noon.

Maybe you lived in a house you believed was haunted. Maybe you had a run-in with someone who turned out to be a notorious criminal. Maybe the bump in the night was not your spouse but something else. We’re seeking the scariest real-life stories from residents in the Hermiston area. In no more than 300 words, tell your real-life stories under the contest post at www.facebook.com/HermistonHerald.

After the deadline, we’ll pick the story we think is the scariest and print that in the paper after Halloween. The writer of that spooky tale will receive a $20 gift card to a local coffee shop and a copy of the newspaper that has their story.

Coarse language and graphic imagery will disqualify entries. And please adhere to the 300 word limit. Anything more also will not qualify.

Now, tell us something really scary.

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After taking a year off, Echo OktoberFest is set for Saturday, Oct. 16, 4-10 p.m. at Echo Ridge Cellars. Beer, brats, burgers, dogs and Echo Ridge wines are all on the menu. Organizers are also planning a variety of activities.

There is a raffle, silent auction, and baked goods sale under tents and inside the Echo Ridge winery building. Live music starts at 4 p.m. by Margaret Mayer and Alan Feves in traditional style and lederhosen. At 6:30 p.m, The Brass Fire Band plays.

Admission is $20. Pre-sale tickets include a $5 bonus token. Tickets are available at the event or pre-sales at H&P cafe, Echo Ridge Cellars, or Hermiston branch of Columbia Bank.

Young people’s activities and food and drink start at 4 p.m. A mule-team taxi is free for getting around town or over to the cafe, corn maze or back to Echo Ridge.

In addition, the historic St. Peter’s Catholic Church will be having an open house 1-4 p.m. at 33208 Marble St., Echo.

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The Hermiston Chamber of Commerce has its new sign up on its building at 1055 S. Highway 395. High Performance Signs & Graphics installed the new, cleaner look on Sept. 29.

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Speaking of chambers, the Irrigon Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Sept. 30, held the grand opening of its new offices and visitors center. Amazon Web Services sponsored the event. State Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, posted on his Facebook page that members of his team enjoyed the event, especially the delicious baked goods provided by Nathan Wedam, a senior at Irrigon Junior/Senior High School.

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The Hermiston Linebackers Club invites football fans to be on their special teams roster. A no-host luncheon meeting is Thursday, Oct. 7, noon to 1 p.m., at Desert Lanes Family Fun Center, 1545 N. First St., Hermiston.

Coach David Faaeteete will discuss the team’s recent loss against the Walla Walla Blue Devils and share the game plan as they take on the Southridge Suns at Kennison Field (Friday, 7 p.m.). For more information, contact Flora Larson at 541-567-5215 or flora@barnettandmoro.com.

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The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center menu for Thursday, Oct. 7, is beef stew, biscuit, fruit and dessert. The menu for Tuesday, Oct. 12, is barbecue chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans and dessert. (In-house meals will be served from noon to 12:30 p.m. People planning to dine in are asked to call by 11 a.m.)

For a Meals on Wheels delivery in Hermiston, call 541-567-3582 before 10 a.m. to place an order. To pick up a meal from the center at 255 N.E. Second St., call before 11 a.m. Meals are $5 and can be picked up between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

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The Boardman Senior Center now is providing meal delivery. Meals are $4 paid upon delivery. Call 541-481-3257 to order.

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