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Brownsville, Oregon: Stand By Me Festival and Filming Locations

See the spot where Vern picked up the penny, and the park where everyone ate pie and threw up. Historical Marker on the Oregon Film Trail.

258 N. Main St., Brownsville, OR
I-5 exit 216. Drive east on Hwy 228 for four miles. Turn left at the green "Downtown" sign onto Main St. Drive north a half-mile; you'll cross the green bridge. The penny is embedded in the middle of Main St. in the crosswalk (sixth white strip) on the south side of Park Ave. If you turn left on Park Ave., you'll come to Pioneer Park, where the vomit-fest pie eating contest was staged.
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Vern's penny.

Where Vern Picks Up the Penny

This is the spot where Vern picks up the penny in the film "Stand By Me."

[Caydence Rubio, 03/05/2021]

Celebrity film location penny has been embedded in the street of this small town since 1985.

Penny in the road.

Stand By Me "Penny"

The penny from the film "Stand By Me" is in the middle of the road in the crosswalk.

[Kathy, 03/28/2016]

Also from the movie, a faux-vintage Coke ad on a brick wall, first painted in 1985. The "old" mural actually did get old, so it had to be repainted in 2007.

Stand By Me Festival and Filming Locations

The small town of Brownsville was used as the town of "Castle Rock" in the movie "Stand By Me." The town holds a Stand By Me festival every year on July 23. You can take a walking tour of many filming locations, which still look much the same today as they did when the movie was filmed in 1985.

[Jennifer, 02/10/2014]

Brownsville's walking tour covers over a dozen movie spots in a few blocks. The green bridge out of town is still there. Our map point marks where Vern picked up the lucky penny; a penny is embedded in the middle of Main Street to mark the spot.

Stand By Me Festival

The "Stand By Me" Festival is on again for 2008. It's supposed to be a smaller venue than last year, but includes a sock hop. Saturday, August 16, 2008 3 p.m.

[Shane, 07/17/2008]
"Stand By Me" Movie Festival

Brownsville, OR, the filming location for the movie "Stand By Me," will be hosting a Stand By Me Festival on July 28, 2007. No word yet if this is going to be a yearly occurrence.

There will be a professional Blueberry Pie Eating Contest, a search for a "Dead" Body Scavenger Hunt, and a screening of the movie.

[Jody Day, 07/04/2007]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Living Rock Studio MuseumLiving Rock Studio Museum, Brownsville, OR - < 1 mi.
Carved HeadstoneCarved Headstone, Brownsville, OR - 1 mi.
Fork in the RoadFork in the Road, Lebanon, OR - 12 mi.
In the region:
Scale Model of the Solar System, Eugene, OR - 24 mi.

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