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SAGE Center harvests family fun

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on October 4, 2017 5:08PM

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Kristy Bensal sells produce for the Hermiston Melon Company during the third annual Morrow County Harvest Festival. This year’s event is Saturday at the SAGE Center in Boardman.

File photo Kristy Bensal sells produce for the Hermiston Melon Company during the third annual Morrow County Harvest Festival. This year’s event is Saturday at the SAGE Center in Boardman.

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Showcasing the region’s produce, local artisans and other local food products, the Morrow County Harvest Festival offers free family fun.

In its fourth year, the event is presented by the Boardman, Heppner and Irrigon chambers of commerce in conjunction with the SAGE Center. The free festival is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the SAGE Center, 101 Olson Road, Boardman.

The Kids Corner will feature such activities as carnival games, pumpkin painting, an obstacle course made of straw bales and a “kiddie corral.” Mule-drawn wagon rides will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also, beer and wine tasting runs from noon to 4:30 p.m., courtesy of local producers Ordnance Brewing and Sno Road Winery.

Stefanie Swindler, SAGE Center education coordinator, said nearly two dozen artisans feature everything from jewelry and art to home decor and handcrafted items, including crochet, quilting, woodworking and leather crafts. In addition, she said food will be available for purchase, both from local artisans and in the SAGE Center.

“We want to provide a fun opportunity for families to do something and get people out to see the SAGE Center and see what’s happening in their local community,” Swindler said. “It’s a free event for the community to have some fall fun.”

Also teaming up with the event this year is Threemile Canyon Farms. They are hosting the Fall Harvest Bounty For Youth In Ag. It offers people a chance to “fill-a-bag” with organic onions, organic carrots and traditionally grown potatoes. There is a requested donation of at least $5 and Threemile Canyon will provide the bags.

This provides an opportunity to get nutritious, locally grown produce fresh from the fields and support area youths. Money raised from the Fall Harvest Bounty will go to local 4-H and FFA programs.

The festival activities are free for the public to participate in, Swindler said, thanks to generous donations from sponsors. In addition to Threemile Canyon Farms, the Kiwanis Club of Boardman, Lamb Weston, Cascade Specialties and the River Lodge and Grill are event sponsors.

For more information, visit www.visitsage.com or call the SAGE Center at 541-481-7243, the Boardman chamber at 541-481-3014, Heppner at 541-676-5536 or Irrigon at 541-922-3857.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539



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