For the second year in a row, community members gathered to enjoy fresh produce, flowers and baked goods at the Hockinson Blueberry Festival on July 17 at the Hockinson Community Center.
A variety of vendors from the area participated, including Barn Dog Flower Farm, Half Moon Farm, Hockinson Market and the Hockinson Heights Elementary School Garden Club.
Organizer Ada Carter said since Hockinson is an unincorporated town, there isn’t a central group to run events, so a group of community members formed the Hockinson Main Street Team.
Local farmers donated the supplies needed to make 40 blueberry coffee cakes, Carter said. They sold out about an hour into the festival. Proceeds from the cakes, and other snacks, went toward the Main Street Team.
“We’re hoping to make the event even bigger next year,” she said.
The group organizes Earth Day festivities and purchases Christmas lights for the holiday season.
Hannah Schrager, founder of Good Year Farms, said she created her business about a year and a half ago. Schrager grows and sells plants native to the Pacific Northwest.
Although the farm is based in Washougal, she serves residents from all over Clark County, Schrager said.
This year was Schrager’s first time attending the Hockinson Blueberry Festival.
“Being from rural Clark County, I think it’s important to invest time and money (into what) you care about,” she said.