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Rain dampens attendance at Chinese lantern festival and Greenbluff’s Apple Festival

As of Thursday there have been 19 days of measurable rain in October and rainfall totals are inching ever closer to the record of 5.41 inches set in October 1947. And that’s put a serious damper on October events like the Apple Festival at Greenbluff and the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival in Riverfront Park.

Green Bluff harvests early this year because of warm weather

The fields of pumpkins sprawling across the hillside at Walter’s Fruit Ranch in Green Bluff are early this year, bright splotches of color signaling the ripeness of the gourds with weeks to go until Halloween. The hot, dry weather has been making crops ripen weeks ahead of schedule all summer. It was particularly bad in July, when growers had to harvest cherries weeks before the annual Cherry Festival. People who arrived on their traditional picking weekends found the trees already bare.

Beckman, family farm evolve alongside Green Bluff community

Lifelong Green Bluff resident Lisa Beckman and her husband, Mike, farm land originally homesteaded in 1904. Her grandparents bought the property 50 years ago, named it Fruit Crest Orchard and raised a variety of crops. Two decades later, the fruit trees were removed and the farm became the home of the popular 4-mile Cherry Pickers’ Trot each July. Upon her grandparents’ deaths, Lisa Beckman and her husband renamed the property Legacy Farm and now raise Christmas trees. As the annual Green Bluff Apple Festival gets under way, we asked Lisa to reflect on how the community’s culture has evolved.