Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival goes on the road Oct. 24

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A child holds a pumpkin during the 2019 Washougal Harvest Pumpkin Festival. This year's event, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, will feature a parade led by city officials, who will pass out toys, treats and pumpkins to children at five city landmarks. (Contributed photo courtesy of Michele Loftus)

The annual Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival will be “on the go” this year.

City leaders and staff members will lead a parade through Washougal on Saturday, Oct. 24, stopping at five locations to give toys, treats and pumpkins to children.

“With so many community events and gatherings being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we looked for a way to keep this treasured tradition alive,” Washougal Mayor Molly Coston said in a news release issued by the city. “We are taking the festival to our neighborhoods.”

The parade will stop at Hamliik Park (9 a.m.), Hartwood Park (11 a.m.), Oak Tree Park (1 p.m.) Upper Hathaway Park (3 p.m.) and Reflection Plaza (5 p.m.)

“We want everyone to have fun and be safe,” event organizer Rose Jewell said in the news release. “We are asking everyone to practice keeping 6 feet of physical distancing, and staff will follow low-contact guidelines. And please, everyone wear a face covering, whether it is a part of your costume or not.”

The festival has been held at Reflection Plaza every October since 2014.