Scarecrow festival to turn its head to St. Charles

September 30, 2013 by  

The annual Scarecrow Festival is taking place in St. Charles for three days next month. The festival tends to attract more than 150,000 people to the area each year and has been named one of the ‘Top 100 Events in North America’ on four occasions.

Over 100 handmade scarecrows will be on display at the festival, and participants can enter free of charge. The public will then have a chance to vote on their favorite scarecrows in six categories: mechanical, traditional, whimsical, St. Charles business, children’s clubs and organizations, and family. In addition, there will be musical entertainment, carnival rides and games, and a petting zoo.

Another event taking place during the festival is the Autumn on the Fox Art and Craft Show. This features more than 170 artisans selling items such as photographs, folk art, jewelry, and fall decorations. There will also be a wide variety of food for sale, including caramel apples, barbecue, and baked goods.

It is very likely that some of the 150,000 expected visitors will come from surrounding towns such as Arlington Heights. Printing companies have probably provided marketing materials like flyers to help let the community know about the festival.

The Scarecrow Festival will take place in St. Charles from October 11 to 13. Admission is free, although there are a few fee-based activities such as the petting zoo. Armbands for unlimited carnival rides will be $20 on Thursday and Friday evenings. To find out more about the event, contact Robin Reed at 815-772-3279.