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Rob Reiner directs a scene of "Stand by Me" during filming in Brownsville in July 1985. The city will hold its annual celebration of the movie on Sunday. 

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Fans of the 1986 movie "Stand By Me" gather to reminisce and celebrate the coming-of-age tale every year on July 23 in Brownsville, Oregon, where it was filmed.

In fact, for a brief moment, the small town was Castle Rock, Oregon — the fictional town in which writer Stephen King set his novella "The Body," the inspiration for the movie.

This year's edition by "Stand By Me" Day will kick off Sunday, July 23, at 8 a.m. with a blueberry pancake breakfast at Irbry's Billiards, otherwise known as the Brownsville Saloon. The day includes fun facts about the movie and a fan forum in the American Legion Hall on Main Street beginning at 11 a.m. A video message from actor Wil Wheaton, who starred in the movie, will be presented, along with some fan videos. At 1 p.m., the band Uncaged Locals will perform.

There will be walking tours of film locations and photo opportunities all day, as well as a costume contest at 3 p.m.

Attendees can also enjoy blueberry pie and tractor-churned ice cream in the park, while viewing two vintage cars featured in the film.

The movie will be shown throughout the day in the Linn County Historical Museum's Box Car Theater (10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.). People are encouraged to get those tickets early.

This year’s event is a fundraiser for the Linn County Museum Friends, the group of volunteers that support the operations and maintenance of the Museum and the Moyer House. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/StandByMeDayJuly23.

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