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Stand By Me
A blueberry pie eating contest will again be part of the festivities at this year’s Stand By Me Festival in Brownsville, set for Saturday, July 24. (Jesse Skoubo/Democrat-Herald)

BROWNSVILLE — A couple thousand fans of the 1986 movie “Stand By Me” — which includes numerous scenes filmed in the Brownsville area — are expected to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of filming on Saturday, July 24.

Some may even show up wearing New York Yankees baseball caps, reminiscent of a scene in the movie in which one is stolen. At least that’s the suggestion of event coordinator Linda McCormick.

One fan of the movie, considered among the top 250 American films of all time, plans to make the trip to the mid-valley from Scotland, and two women are expected to travel by train from Montana.

“It’s going to be a hoot,” McCormick said. “I’m amazed at how many people are responding and planning to visit.”

The title of the movie comes from a song of the same name by Ben E. King that is played during the closing credits. The movie is based on Stephen King’s novella “The Body” and follows teenage boys as they spend a night in 1959 looking for the body of a missing young man. The young actors — Will Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell and Kiefer Sutherland — all went on to various levels of movie and television fame.

The movie was narrated by Richard Dreyfuss and directed by Rob Reiner.

McCormick said filming occurred off and on in June and July 1985. Numerous scenes were shot in the Brownsville area — which is called Castle Rock in the movie — including its historic downtown. Scenes were also shot near Cottage Grove and Veneta.

A map will direct fans on a walking tour of some of the Brownsville sites including the bridge over the Calapooia River, a tree house on School Road, Pioneer Park, Gordie’s house on Fisher Street, the Brownsville Saloon, and the downtown area. McCormick said the tour should take about 90 minutes.

Activities will start at 11 a.m. and culminate with a showing of the movie at 9:30 p.m. in Pioneer Park.

According to McCormick, Reiner recently completed a movie called “Flipped” that is being called a bookend to “Stand By Me.” They are both coming-of-age movies set in the 1950s.

“Rob Reiner’s assistant has arranged for me to get my own copy of the movie trailer to show on July 24,” McCormick said. “We will show it as a ‘coming attraction’ before we show ‘Stand By Me’ that night in the park. How cool is that?”

A cast and crew reunion will start at 3 p.m. on the park stage.

“We have several cast members returning, including Kent Luttrell from Portland,” McCormick said. “He played the dead body and is quite proud of that. I always thought it was a dummy.” Luttrell still acts in commercials.

Korey Pollard of Eugene played Moke, one of the “Cobras” in the movie, and was in one of the car scenes. He is now a movie and television director and has worked on TV shows including “CSI,” “Monk,” “Lie to Me” and “House.”

Stunt double Shari Chinchen of Gresham plans to attend as well. She doubled for O’Connell in a junkyard scene in which he was supposed to climb over a fence, but couldn’t.

An amateur blueberry pie eating contest — in which contestants will have their hands tied behind their backs — will be held in honor of one of the movie’s scenes.

“We have no idea how many people are coming, but we’ve gotten lots and lots of interest off the chamber’s website,” McCormick said. “Word has also spread on Facebook.”

For more information, contact the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce at 541-466-5709 or visit www.

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