The 35th annual Scarecrow Festival will look very different this year compared to previous years as it decreases its footprint due to health and safety restrictions from Phase 4 of the “Restore Illinois” plans and city and state government guidelines.
Major changes for the festival on Oct. 9-11 include the cancellation of the carnival and craft show, along with how the scarecrows will be placed. Typically placed at Lincoln Park, scarecrows will instead be spread around the town to encourage social distancing, while also supporting local businesses that will be paired with said scarecrows. The businesses will offer Scarecrow Fest related deals, specials and events and be featured on a Scarecrow Festival Map so individuals can take a Scarecrow Stroll to see the scarecrows and visit the St. Charles businesses.
Individuals looking to participate in the Scarecrow Contest can find the online and print applications at www.scarecrowfest.com/scarecrowcontest
Other events during Scarecrow Fest will be a Drive-In Concert in partnership with the St. Charles Park District, a scavenger hunt throughout the downtown, a pumpkin carver, who will be livestreamed from a roped area, and a photography station in Lincoln Park. There will also be an information booth at Lincoln Park.
There will also be items individuals can purchase and take home with them from the fest. Adults can enjoy a local Craft Beer Box, which will feature seasonal craft brews from all St. Charles breweries, while kids can enjoy Scarecrow in a Box, which provides materials to make a scarecrow at home. The Scarecrow in a Box will replace the traditional “Make-Your-Own- Scarecrow” station that is traditionally at the event.
Although the event will look different, the spirit of the 35-year-old festival will be there for all to enjoy according to St. Charles Business Alliance executive director Jenna Sawicki.
“We want to make sure to set the expectation that this year is going to look significantly different than previous Scarecrow Festivals,” Sawicki said. “While there will be major changes in place, we have been working hard to keep the spirit of this amazing, community festival alive so that we can keep the joy and benefits it brings to our businesses and community.”
For more information and updates on Scarecrow Fest, please visit www.scarecrowfest.com.