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.
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.