After record-breaking heat this summer, Bend Fall Festival attendees embraced the chilly, wet weather Saturday as they made their way through vendors and autumn activities downtown.
Families bundled up in coats and knit caps and brought their children to paint pumpkins, get face paintings, play in a bouncy house and get up-close views of police vehicles and fire trucks.
Crowds also gathered around a tent set up by the DIY Cave in Bend to watch a wooden apple cider press in action and other demonstrations such as making drinking glasses out of wine bottles and art out of sheet metal.
Bend resident Suzanne Lange came to the fall festival with her daughters, 6-year-old Emma and 4-year-old, Lizzie.
Lange said her daughters didn’t care that it was cold and rainy.
The girls enjoyed some hot chocolate and then wandered around the Family Play Zone on Oregon Avenue. They were most excited about the bouncy house and fire trucks.
Lange said she wanted to find something fun for her daughters to do Saturday, and the fall festival was the perfect opportunity to get outside and celebrate the season.
“What else are we going to do?” Lange said. “Sit inside all day and do laundry?”
Seattle couple Ian and Tara Corbridge were on vacation in Bend Saturday with their 3-year-old daughter, Viviana, and their friend, Mandy Zylstra, of Tacoma, and her son, Isaiah, 4. The family and friends went together to the fall festival, which they were all looking forward to when they came to town.
“We were down here last year, and it was gorgeous with all of the leaves changing colors in the parks,” Ian Corbridge said. “That was one of the reasons we came back.”
The group stopped at the pumpkin-painting area to let Isaiah color his own pumpkin.
While Isaiah painted his pumpkin, other children painted designs on the city’s snow plows and sat in awe of the police vehicles and fire trucks.
“It’s a fun time for the kids,” Ian Corbridge said.
Scott Gendron, a pilot for SkyWest Airlines who lives in Bend, and his wife, Stephanie, brought their daughters, Stella, 3, and Alice, 1, to the fall festival.
Gendron said the festival has become an annual tradition for his family.
With his busy schedule as a pilot, Gendron was happy to have a free weekend away from work to enjoy the start of autumn with his wife and daughters.
“I made sure I had this time off from work,” Gendron said. “We love it.”
Bend Fall Festival continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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