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Tiny Oregon Town Hosts Celebration Of A Well-Loved Film

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Downtown Brownsville, OR, site of the annual Stand By Me Day celebration of the popular 1985 film.

In the summer of 1985, Hollywood film crews flooded the tiny town of Brownsville, Oregon, south of Corvallis. They were filming the movie Stand By Me, about four young boys who set off down the train tracks in search of the dead body of a missing child.

Now, every summer, the town hosts Stand By Me Day. It’s a celebration of the coming-of-age classic, and a mecca for the movie’s biggest fans. JPR’s Mitchell Johnson attended the event, and brings us this audio postcard ...