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Try this: Old Apple Tree fest; Dozer Day; Pumpkin Lane After Dark

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: October 5, 2023, 6:02am

Apple of our eye

The Old Apple Tree Festival is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Old Apple Tree Park, 112 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver. Enjoy live music, Land Bridge tours, arts and crafts and apple tastings. Vancouver Urban Forestry will host cider-pressing; bring clean apples and containers for free cider. Music will be provided by the Ottomatics, River Twain and JT Wise Band. The Urban Forestry Commission will give away cuttings from the Old Apple Tree. Learn more at cityofvancouver.us/events/old-apple-tree-festival/. Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, the Old Apple Tree is the oldest apple tree in the Northwest and is the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry.

Dozers and diggers

The Nutter Foundation presents Dozer Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 NE. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Dozer Day is a weekend of family fun, putting kids in close contact with heavy-construction machinery and activities like the tire crawl, kids’ dig and other construction-themed contests. Event sponsors will be offering giveaways and freebies all weekend. Tickets are $15 per person if purchased online in advance or $20 at the gate. Visit vancouver.dozerday.org for tickets and details.

Steins and schweins

Northwood Public House and Brewery, 1401 S.E. Rasmussen Blvd., Battle Ground, will become a Bavarian-style beer hall Saturday and Sunday for Oktoberfest, featuring traditional German beer and food with music by Those Darn Accordions and Festival Brass. Kids will enjoy a coloring contest, balloon art and face painting while adults do “The Chicken Dance” and join the strong arm stein-holding competition. Menu offerings include sausages, two kinds of roasted pork, chicken schnitzel, cabbage rolls, pierogi, spaetzle, sauerkraut and pretzels. Taste Bavarian beer from Weihenstephan brewery along with Northwood’s Oktoberfest brew. Doors open at 11 a.m. each day and admission is free.

God and country

Clark County Historical Museum and Guggenheim Foundation Fellow Matthew Avery Sutton present “Double Crossed: The American Missionary Spies of World War II” from 7 to 8 p.m. today. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Sutton tells the story of the missionaries, priests and rabbis who helped lead the United States to victory in World War II. Sutton is the Berry Family Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and the chair of the Department of History at Washington State University. He has written for the New York Times and Washington Post. For details, call 360-993-5679 or email outreach@cchmuseum.org

Gourds aglow

Pomeroy Farm, 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt, is offering a new 21-and-over event on the farm this fall: Pumpkin Lane After Dark, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Oct. 20. Ride down the farm’s scarecrow-adorned Pumpkin Lane, romp around the pumpkin patch and then enjoy a glass of wine and toasted s’mores. Tickets are $35 per person and include a hayride, a beverage token and two s’mores kits. Pumpkins, additional drinks and food are available for purchase. Buy tickets online at pomeroyfarm.org.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like Metropolitan Performing Arts’ “Previously Performed Privately” fundraising variety show, Spirit Tales walking tours of the Vancouver Barracks and Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra’s monthly dance at Providence Academy Ballroom — see events.columbian.com.