"Mother Goose Rhyming with the Times" will be the theme of some wonderful and whimsical scarecrow displays at the Cedar Valley Arboretum as it hosts the thirteenth annual Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 18.
The Arboretum is encouraging entries in the annual scarecrow contest. The committee has already solicited entries in the business category. The other three categories are Youth, (up to age 12) Adults, and Families and Organizations. Everyone entering will receive a participation ribbon and prizes will be awarded to the People's Choice and Judge's Choice.
No advance registration is required. To enter, bring your scarecrow to the Cedar Valley Arboretum, just east of Hawkeye Community College on Orange Road, on Friday September 16th, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., or Saturday, Sept. 17th 10 a.m. 12 noon. Judging will begin at noon on Saturday and all scarecrows will be on display for the Wine & Scarecrows dinner on the evening of the 17th and for the Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 18. The Festival is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will also feature entertainment, art & craft vendors, quilters and children's activities including a kazoo band parade, face masks, model trains in the Railroad Garden and much more.
"You can make a scarecrow out of almost anything," according to the head of the Festival's Scarecrow committee, Kathy Payne. "Both the judges and the public enjoy the most creative entries. In the past, we've seen a scarecrow made out of picture frames, garden hose, an ironing board, gunny sacks, hub caps, and a car radiator. Let your imagination run wild. Don't worry if your scarecrow cannot stand on its own. We will find a good way to display your creation," says Payne. At the Cedar Valley Arboretum's website, links are posted to different articles about "How to Make a Scarecrow."
With good participation from the community and the variety of scarecrows prepared by the committee, over 130 scarecrows were on display during last year's Fall Harvest Festival. If you enter the scarecrow contest, you can also choose to donate your entry to the Arboretum. At each year's Festival, proceeds from the Scarecrow Auction go to support programming at the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. The Arboretum is on Orange Road, just east of Hawkeye Community College and offers 74-acres of gardens, trails, quiet shade and active play-places.