Candlelight hike/bonfire 2019

From right, Hattie Sherstad, 2, Louisa George, 4, and Naomi Sherstad, 5, of Oregon stand in front of the larger of two bonfires during the candlelight hike and bonfire event at Anderson Farm County Park on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

After taking the year off in 2020, the candlelight hike and bonfire event is back at Anderson Farm County Park.

Anderson Park Friends, Inc. is partnering with the Oregon Area Wellness Coalition again this year for its sixth year of the event.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the family-friendly event at Anderson Farm County Park, 914 Union Road, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6.

A 3/4-mile trail through the woods and prairie will be lit with tiki-torches and luminaries. The trail will lead from the bonfire through the woods and prairie and connect to the walk-in entrances at S. Main St. and Ridge View Lane. There will be a bonfire by the 914 Union Road Parking Lot.

The Oregon Public Library will be providing a "Story Walk" again this year.

Food arrangements will be announced several days prior to the event.

The Friends organization uses this event to raise funds for forests, prairies and the Anderson Farm Center.

There will be some picnic tables around the fire, but attendees are free to bring a chair to sit on.

Anderson Park Friends, Inc. will have some flashlights to lend out during the hike if needed, but participants may bring their own.

Parking will be available in the grass field next to the gravel parking lot located at 914 Union Road. Volunteers will be on hand to help direct you when parking and inform you of the evening’s events.

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