Opening day at this year's annual Hood River Valley Harvest Fest will be Senior Friday for visitors 65 and older.
The event runs Friday, Oct. 14, to Sunday, Oct. 16.
Seniors will be admitted for $3 (instead of the regular senior admission of $5 on Saturday and Sunday), and many of the festival's food and art vendors will offer senior specials and discounts.
Friday's Harvest Fest hours are 1-7 p.m.
"We wanted to try something special for seniors this year at Harvest Fest," said Kerry Cobb, executive director of the Hood River County Chamber. "Friday is a little less crowded, so with just a few modifications we can offer easy bus access, some vendor specials, and a reduced admission. We hope the idea takes off this year."
At Harvest Fest, visitors can taste fresh, local produce, get a jump start on their holiday shopping, and fully experience an authentic autumn festival that has become a yearly tradition for visitors and locals alike. This annual outdoor festival is held on the Hood River waterfront.
The event's festivities include:
Carving of an 800-pound pumpkin
Freshly harvested fruits and vegetables from orchards and farms of the Hood River Valley
Over 100 artists from around the region displaying unique, handcrafted merchandise.
A kids' zone for all sorts of family fun -- including a bounce house, face painters, kids' bands, balloon twisters, a farm animal petting zoo, and a gathering place for families
A food court with local and traditional favorites
Pie-eating contest on Saturday and Sunday
Wine tastings from award-winning Columbia Gorge wineries
Music throughout the weekend and live entertainment in the evenings
Fresh, homemade pies including apple, cherry, strawberry/rhubarb, and huckleberry