Harvest Festival Draws Huge Crowds

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Harvest Festival
The third annual Morrow County Harvest Festival will get under way on Oct. 1.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SAGE CENTER

The second annual Morrow County Harvest Festival started as a gloomy day, but as the sun came out, so did over 800 festival attendees.

The Boardman, Heppner, and Irrigon chambers of commerce and the SAGE Center present the annual event, which will return Oct. 1, 2016.

“We were all thrilled with the increase in attendance this year,” said SAGE Center Manager Kalie Davis. “Our hope is that the Morrow County Harvest Festival will continue to grow and bring in new visitors to the region.” Last year over 600 people came to the festival.

Event sponsors included Threemile Canyon Farms, Abengoa, Portland General Electric, ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston, and Cascade Specialties, which all help ensure the event is free and open to the public.

“We heard great feedback from the vendors and everyone had a great time enjoying all of the activities provided by our sponsors,” Davis said.

Heppner Chamber of Commerce Director Sheryll Bates said she was pleased to see the vendor area full of people from Morrow County. She added that most people at the festival purchased unique, hand crafted products from the local vendors.

“This was our second year and I know it will only get more successful as the word gets out,” she said. “I am thankful for the many homemade and home-grown community members in Morrow County who made this so successful.”