Bend Locals Float Down Deschutes River for Halloween Witches Paddle

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November 3, 2022

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(Bend, Ore.) – It’s a Halloween tradition in Bend, Oregon.  Hundreds gathered to participate in the 4th annual Bend Witches Paddle. The Witches Paddle is a fundraiser benefiting the Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery, a nonprofit organization working to prevent child abuse and neglect. 

A Bend local who participated in the event told The Click why she decided to join the Witches Paddle. “I’ve seen it in the past with my kids during trick or treating and so I just figured I have a paddle board and I have a day off so I might as well come down,” she said. “It’s just fun, not stressful and hopefully, I don’t fall in.” 

The event was held in the Old Mill District at Riverbend Park, where participants dressed up as witches and warlocks to float down the Deschutes River on their brooms. Several onlookers gathered along the river to show their support. There was a feeling of excitement in the air for many who decided to take part before the weather gets too cold. 

The Bend Witches Paddle is a great way for people to spend their Halloween afternoon, showing support for the Mountain Star Relief Nursery. Mountain Star Family Relief holds several fundraising events throughout the year, giving locals a chance to donate and support their mission to help vulnerable children and families succeed. 

While there was no registration fee for the Witches Paddle, Mountain Star had a booth at the event accepting direct donations and items such as diapers, gas, cards and grocery cards. There are also several ways to help the Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery through their website.

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