Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival attracts engaged visitors

WASHOUGAL — Youngsters eager to enjoy an early Halloween experience flocked to the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival Wed., Oct. 19.

 

The children used the opportunity to adorn their costumes for a dress rehearsal 12 days in advance of Halloween. Reflection Plaza in downtown Washougal was filled with children dressed as police officers, firemen, princesses and all kinds of animals.
Admission to the annual event was free as were the pumpkins at the family-friendly event which also featured a Halloween hunt, refreshments, prizes, treats, games and entertainment.

Two-year-old Alexis Ellis, of Washougal, attended the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival dressed in her bumble bee costume. Photo by Mike Schultz
Two-year-old Alexis Ellis, of Washougal, attended the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival dressed in her bumble bee costume. Photo by Mike Schultz
Deacon O’Neil, age 1 of Washougal, couldn’t be cuter in his duck Halloween costume if he tried. O’Neil and many other youngsters filled Reflection Plaza in Wednesday for the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
Deacon O’Neil, age 1 of Washougal, couldn’t be cuter in his duck Halloween costume if he tried. O’Neil and many other youngsters filled Reflection Plaza in Wednesday for the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
Balloonist Dominic Hunter was on hand Wednesday at the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Here, Hunter offers one of his creations to 7-year-old Aubrey Gay of Washougal. Photo by Mike Schultz
Balloonist Dominic Hunter was on hand Wednesday at the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Here, Hunter offers one of his creations to 7-year-old Aubrey Gay of Washougal. Photo by Mike Schultz
Eli Prince and Ellie Prince braved the fall weather in their respective Halloween costumes Wednesday for the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
Eli Prince and Ellie Prince braved the fall weather in their respective Halloween costumes Wednesday for the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
Eight-year-old Garrett Lees obviously feels an apple is an appropriate snack for a frog. Lees was one of many youngsters who donned their costumes for the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival Wednesday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Eight-year-old Garrett Lees obviously feels an apple is an appropriate snack for a frog. Lees was one of many youngsters who donned their costumes for the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival Wednesday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Harmony Whitman, age 1 of Washougal, isn’t the fiercest lion in the land but she was a hit at the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival Wednesday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Harmony Whitman, age 1 of Washougal, isn’t the fiercest lion in the land but she was a hit at the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival Wednesday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Every fireman (Caden Smith) deserves his own Dalmatian (Harper Smith), or at least it appeared that way Wednesday at the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
Every fireman (Caden Smith) deserves his own Dalmatian (Harper Smith), or at least it appeared that way Wednesday at the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
The mood was festive, so 17-month-old Jacob Witarsa didn’t have to do anything too heroic Wednesday at the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
The mood was festive, so 17-month-old Jacob Witarsa didn’t have to do anything too heroic Wednesday at the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
Jaxon Norton must have been thinking, ‘why walk when I can ride’ and Justin Norton was happy to oblige Wednesday at the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
Jaxon Norton must have been thinking, ‘why walk when I can ride’ and Justin Norton was happy to oblige Wednesday at the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
Makaylie Vandelden displays the pumpkin she received Wednesday at the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
Makaylie Vandelden displays the pumpkin she received Wednesday at the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
Four-year-old Sadie Johnson, of Washougal, shows off her talent at one of the activities offered Wednesday at the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
Four-year-old Sadie Johnson, of Washougal, shows off her talent at one of the activities offered Wednesday at the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
A nice crowd filled Reflection Plaza Wednesday for the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz
A nice crowd filled Reflection Plaza Wednesday for the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Photo by Mike Schultz

About The Author

Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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