Farmers Market winding down

Halloween -- Weekly downtown gathering will host pumpkin carving contest on Oct. 11
by: Chase Allgood,

The Forest Grove Farmers Market, which added a weekly jolt of energy to downtown Forest Grove this summer, will close out its activities next Wednesday with a pumpkin party.

The highlight of the final fling will be a free pumpkin carving party. Contestants simply show up with a pre=carved pumpkin before 6:30 p.m. Judges will award prizes to the winning entries.

In addition, organizers will have apple cider and pumpkin recipies, as well as the usual selection of seasonal produce, crafts and information booths.

The market, which was resurrected last summer, moved to downtown Forest Grove midway through this summer.

The city agreed to close off 21st Avenue, between Main Street and College Way every Wednesday afternoon.

Gina Dell, who manages the market for the non-profit group Adelante Mujers, said the market has enjoyed its move.

'It's gone great,' she said. 'The community has been supportive and the vendors are happy, so we're happy.'

Today's market conicides with Late Night Tonight, a monthly event coordinated with downtown merchants.