Celebrate Hood River’s harvest season at the 35th annual Hood River Valley Harvest Fest on October 13-15, 2017, presented by Pacific Power and produced by the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce. This old-fashioned fall festival brings together more than 125 vendors offering local produce and food products, plus arts and crafts, wine, cider and beer tastings. Held along the scenic Hood River waterfront, this is the Columbia River Gorge’s biggest celebration of the region’s incredible fall bounty. Now includes an expanded Full Sail Brewing Entertainment Tent, with local musical acts performing throughout the festival. Thanks to the tent’s new central location, the music – which ranges from bluegrass to classic rock – will add a fun, live soundtrack to the festivities. There is also beer, hard cider and wine on tap at the tent, and proceeds will benefit The Arc of the Mid-Columbia. Festival-goers can load up on boxes of Hood River favorites, including fresh pears, apples, pumpkins, berries and flowers, and a wide variety of local foods, from pies and jams to smoked salmon and chocolate-covered cherries. Hood River Valley Harvest Fest is also a great place to get a jump-start on holiday shopping, thanks to numerous local artisans. Youngsters will love the kids’ activity area, complete with bouncy houses, face painting and other activities, including a petting zoo from the local 4-H club. They can also watch world-record giant pumpkin carver Scott Cully craft detailed designs into a 600-pound pumpkin. All festival-goers ages 15 and up are invited to take part in the popular pie eating contests on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.