MOSIER — The Mosier Fall Festival is many things, from music to kayaking, but its most timely element is the barbecue to benefit the Mosier School Arts and Music Fund.
The barbecue, 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday on the school grounds, will be the centerpiece of the festival, which runs Saturday and Sunday.
The barbecue features a salmon or chicken dinner with corn on the cob, baked beans, watermelon and drinks, and costs $25 for a family, $10 for an adult, $5 for children (12 and under).
Student-made tiles will be auctioned off during the evening to be placed in the forthcoming Mosier Waterfront Project and will benefit the school, which re-opens Thursday.
Before the barbecue, musicians will play, a classic car show will be on display, art and craft booths will be open, and children can enjoy “Kids Zone” activities.
Bring a homemade pie by noon both days to enter in the pie contest; pies will be auctioned off at 3 p.m.
The festival opens Saturday with the 9:30 a.m. opening ceremony at the Mosier East Trailhead of the state trail. Mayor Don Clarkson will salute the members of the volunteer fire departments, and the “Prestigious and Coveted Mosier Erratic Award” will be passed to a new recipient.
At 10 a.m. antique vehicles will take off for the first of three tours of the Mosier-to-Hood River state trail. The tour goes through the restored Mosier Twin Tunnels. The annual tours are the only time private vehicles are allowed on the former highway, now a pedestrian and bicycle trail.
The tours run at 10 and 11 a.m., and at noon, and are intended for people who cannot walk or bike the route. Kids and families can hitch a ride on the Mosier Fire Truck or bicycle in the parade.
Festival activities include a classic car show, kids’ activities, and family barbecue to benefit Mosier School. Music is scheduled all day Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday’s music schedule includes Rob and Shirley Bagge from 10-10:30 a.m., Rubber Chicken Lollipop at 10:30 a.m., Wild River at 12:30 p.m., and Columbia Gorge Winds at 3:30 p.m.
On Sunday a ranch-style breakfast will be offered from 8-10 a.m. A dog dancing contest starts at 11. There will be waterfront walks at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The bicycle rodeo happens from 1-3 p.m., and the kayak race is scheduled at 3 p.m. From 1-4 p.m. children can enjoy the Kids’ Zone, and then the Grande Finale will wrap things up from 4:30-5 p.m.