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Pumpkins aplenty at annual Harvest Festival
Photos and Story by James Hill
Don’t have a pumpkin yet? No problem! Come to Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus and experience the annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The public is invited to pick free pumpkins and enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo featuring the animals of the PCC Rock Creek farm and musical entertainment. Plus, families will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with their pumpkin.
"It’s a way for us to open our doors to the community to explore our campus and services as well as our new facilities," said Craig Kolins, interim Rock Creek Campus president. "Besides a free pumpkin, they can learn more about our landscape technology, environmental sciences and a host of other programs."
The fifth annual event was the brainchild of former Rock Creek Campus President Bill Christopher, who wanted a fall event that connects the campus to the community. PCC staff annually plant 1,600 mounds for the pumpkin patch to be harvested every fall.
The suggested donation is $3 per family, which includes, as long as the supply lasts, a free pumpkin from the Rock Creek Campus pumpkin patch. In addition, visitors gain free admission to the Washington County Museum. Parking is free. The campus is located at 17705 N.W. Springville Road at the 185th Street exit off of the Sunset Highway. For more information, please call 503-614-7379.