Winona Grange holds its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Grange Hall, 8340 SW Seneca St. The free family event features harvest-themed crafts, games, prizes and much more. Kids will decorate pumpkins to take home.
The 2023 fall festival will include a “Pie Promenade” beginning at 2 p.m. with donations compliments of Nothing Bundt Cakes, Hungry Hero Desserts, Red Berry Barn and delicious, homemade creations from the kitchens of Grange members. Winners choose what they will take home in this version of musical chairs.
Entertainment will be provided by Encore Vocal Ensemble, a women’s choral group that uses the Grange Hall for rehearsals. A harvest-themed trivia contest will include prizes donated by the Oregon Forestry Center, OMSI, Tigard-Tualatin Aquatics, Tualatin Island Greens and Bullwinkle Family Fun Center.
First organized in 1895 to bring isolated farm families together, the Winona Grange has long been a place for members to meet and share new information or techniques they had read about or developed. The Winona Grange has been around longer than Tualatin has been incorporated. Having marked its 128th anniversary in September 2023, the Winona Grange has held countless workshops, festivals, breakfasts, dinners, dances and plays for the community over the years.
Tualatin’s Grange is widely known for its seed distribution program. Last year, the members distributed over 111 boxes of seeds, donated by Bi-Mart and sorted by volunteers, to community gardens, food banks, and groups that teach gardening. Packets were also distributed to the public at the Tualatin Public Library.
Today, Grange membership includes backyard gardeners and urban dwellers who buy locally and try to keep abreast of issues that affect our food supply. The Grange is currently accepting applications for membership. Visit winonagrange271.org for more information.
A similar community spring event in April featured gardening tips and free plant starts and seeds, as well as the popular ice cream sundaes.