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Fall harvest celebrated with games, candy

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Grant Watts Parent Organization is putting on its annual Fall Harvest Festival in the gymnasium at Grant Watts Elementary School.

At the festival, which is geared toward younger elementary school students — Grant Watts serves kindergarten through third grade — children and their parents can participate in family-friendly activities, including Halloween-themed games, fortune-telling and photography.

The holiday is a major theme of the festival.

“They should definitely bring their costumes,” Summer Hoag said of festival-goers.

Hoag is the president of the Grant Watts Parent Organization, the group organizing the event.

“It’s not so much a fundraiser, really,” Hoag explained. “The tickets are to pay for all the goodies that kids get.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door for 25 cents apiece, or $1 for five people.

The festival is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Organizers have been collecting candy bar donations to be given away to children at the festival, including through the popular “Candy Bar Hop” game.

Hoag laughed when asked about the Candy Bar Hop.

"That one, you get full-sized candy bars, so that’s the one where kids like to hang out,” she said.

Hattie Schrotzberger, a parent volunteer, said she is still looking for volunteers to help run stations. Prospective volunteers can contact her at 503-860-6188.

“We usually fill them with our [Grant Watts] parents,” Schrotzberger added of the volunteer stations.

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