Harvest Fest Weekend Sampler 2013

Folks enjoy pumpkins, choose fruit from overflowing bins, and munch on pies throughout a sun-drenched Hood River valley autumn weekend

 BOB LANDGREN, owner of the Vanguard Nursery in White Salmon, and Marcello Castañe-da crouch next to some colorful mums Friday. Landgren said buyers could pick between 40 different varieties of mums as well as 26 varieties of kale and cabbage at his Harvest Fest stand. Like his mums, Landgren is a perennial presence at Har-vest Fest and he said he hasn’t missed one since the event began over 30 years ago. Though he has seen plenty of fair-weather Harvest Fests in the past, Landgren thought this year’s event might have been one of the nicest ones he’s at-tended and said he “didn’t re-member being in a T-shirt” ever before.

Photo by Ben Mitchell.
BOB LANDGREN, owner of the Vanguard Nursery in White Salmon, and Marcello Castañe-da crouch next to some colorful mums Friday. Landgren said buyers could pick between 40 different varieties of mums as well as 26 varieties of kale and cabbage at his Harvest Fest stand. Like his mums, Landgren is a perennial presence at Har-vest Fest and he said he hasn’t missed one since the event began over 30 years ago. Though he has seen plenty of fair-weather Harvest Fests in the past, Landgren thought this year’s event might have been one of the nicest ones he’s at-tended and said he “didn’t re-member being in a T-shirt” ever before.

Large crowds of people having fun.

Sometimes a few words sum up a many-faceted thing such as Harvest Weekend, when Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair fills the buildings at Hood River County Fairgrounds and Hood River Harvest Festival packs the Event Site and Lot 1.

Hood River News sent seven people to both events Friday through Sunday to capture, in words and pictures, the many flavors of the Festival and Fair. (The sampler continues to page B2.)

Meanwhile, what’s next in the orchards of Hood River valley?

The Hood River County Fruit Loop Heirloom Apple Celebration takes place Saturday and Sunday, and honors apples now known as “heirloom” or “classic” varieties, which can trace their heritage back 100 years or more.

Highlights include perry (pear) and apple ciders available at numerous locations, including Hood River Vineyards on the west side of the valley, and the annual Edelweiss Day at Mountain View Orchards and Fruit Stand near Parkdale on Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrating the Swiss heritage of the farm.

— Kirby Neumann-Rea

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