Scarecrows will be scattered throughout Olde Town Arvada Oct. 13 for the 22nd annual Festival of Scarecrows, hosted by Historic Olde Town Arvada. Festival attendees will be given a map and asked to …
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WHAT: Festival of Scarecrows
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
WHERE: Olde Town Square, Arvada
Scarecrows will be scattered throughout Olde Town Arvada Oct. 13 for the 22nd annual Festival of Scarecrows, hosted by Historic Olde Town Arvada.
Festival attendees will be given a map and asked to vote on their creature, all created by area schools and businesses.
“I like it because it’s an old fashioned quaint event,” said Karen Miller, president of Historic Olde Town Arvada. “There are a lot of activities going on in a short period of time.”
Those events include a pumpkin patch, kids costume parade, giant pumpkin contest, community booths, hayrides, kids activities, food and music.
The Giant Pumpkin Contest hosted by the Arvada Gardeners will feature large pumpkins grown by community members. Giant Pumpkin entries will be accepted from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and judging begins at 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be given to the three largest pumpkins in adults (13+) and kids (12 and under) divisions.
Besides the Giant Pumpkin Contest, the Arvada Gardens will be accepting donations from event goers for gourds, cornstalks, mini-pumpkins, decorative corn and dried organic herbs.
Ralston House, an Arvada-based nonprofit that provides a friendly and safe place for child and teen survivors of abuse to begin the healing process, also uses the Festival of Scarecrows as a fundraising event.
They will benefit from pumpkin sales and will also be accepting donations for pumpkin painting and decorating.
“Ralston House really benefits from these community events as far as being able to get out and interact with our community and bring awareness to the cause were serving,” said Jennifer Kemps, special events associate at Ralston House. “We are funded by our community and designed to be a safe place for teens and kids to come and tell their stories. In today’s culture, I think that is important.”
Festival attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable can of food for donation for the cone maze and hay rides to benefit the food bank at The Rising Church.
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