Try This: Check out the ‘pumpkin people’ in Yacolt

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The 18th annual Pumpkin Festival at Pomeroy Living History Farm features a hayride through the decorated Pumpkin Lane, full of 90 “pumpkin people” on the way to the farm’s pumpkin patch. There also is a hay bale maze, farm animals, the pumpkin flume, tours of the historic log house and entertainment.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Pomeroy Farm, 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt.

Admission: $6, $4 for children, free for ages 2 and younger.

Telephone: 360-686-3537.


The pumpkin festival is among many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Historic branches

The annual Old Apple Tree Festival celebrates one of the county’s oldest residents. Planted in 1826 on the edge of Fort Vancouver, the apple tree is considered the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The community event features fruit tree pruning workshops, free cuttings from the apple tree, apple tasting, apple cider pressing, children’s activities, and walking tours of Fort Vancouver. There will be live music by Green Apple Jam, On a Lark, Another Shade of Bluegrass and the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association.

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Where: Old Apple Tree Park, 112 Columbia Way, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-487-8308.


3. Fearsome start to October

Confront Your Fears opens theirfour haunted mazes: “Relic” is a hidden temple filled with monsters, giant spiders and snakes; “Biohazard” pays homage to horror video games with zombies and killers; “Morbid Nightmares” is a labyrinth of dreams gone wrong; and “Circus Insane 3D” is a funhouse full of 3-D effects and killer clowns. Recommended for ages 14 and older. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs.

When: 7 to 11 p.m. tonight and 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Vancouver Plaza, 7701 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Dr., Vancouver.

Admission: $25 includes all haunts; $35 for VIP access.


4. Birds of a feather

BirdFest celebrates the return of migratory birds and the arrival of autumn as theFriends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge host a variety of events in downtown Ridgefield. Keynote speaker Jon Young will discuss the languages of birds at noon today at the Old Liberty Theatre. Visitors can catch the Audubon Live Bird Show at 1 p.m. today at View Ridge Middle School, with close-up bird displays 2:30 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Sunday at Davis Park. Cultural events and a traditional salmon bake by the Chinook Indian Nation and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will be held Sunday at Abrams Park. Visit the information booth or the website for complete event details.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Davis Park, 210 N. Main Ave.; Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main Ave.; View Ridge Middle School, 510 Pioneer St.; Ridgefield.

Admission: Free, $5 to $10 suggested donation for keynote speech.

Telephone: 360-887-4106.


5. The thrilling pull of ‘Gravity’

Medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) are the only ones who survive the explosion of a neighboring Russian satellite. They must work together to find a way back to Earth after being cast adrift in space from their damaged space shuttle. “Gravity” is rated PG-13.

Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia Mill Plain, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive; various Regal Cinema locations.

Cost: Varies by location.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200;Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 360-448-4100; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.