Family fun afield at Scarecrow Fest

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Dennis Hines | September 4, 2014

DELAVAN -- Scarecrows of many shapes and sizes will be dressed to impress visitors this September in downtown Delavan.

The scarecrows will be displayed as part of the 14th annual Scarecrow Fest, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 13.
The festival will feature food, live music, flea market and craft sale, pumpkin painting and face painting. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite scarecrow as part of the Parade of Scarecrows event, held from mid-September to early October.

Participants have until Tuesday, Sept. 9, to enter their scarecrow. For more information, call (262) 728-8670.

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“Ballots are printed, and the public can vote on their favorite scarecrow, and the winner is announced a week (after the festival),” said Lorie Wuttke, publicity director for the Downtown Delavan Business Association.

Wuttke said residents often get creative with their scarecrow designs.

“Last year, we had a tie for first place,” Wuttke said. “The second-place winner used CDs and wire hangers. Last year, there was a scarecrow of Lucy from 'Peanuts' and a football player that tied for third place.

“The Episcopal church usually participates. ... They usually do a big one. It's eye catching.”

Residents also can make their own scarecrow during the festival.

“We supply the clothes and the straw, and families can build their own scarecrow,” Wuttke said. “It's a great family activity. The families can take the scarecrows home with them.”

A new activity this year will be the painting of a mural to kick off a downtown mural-painting event that will be held in June, in which 15 to 18 murals will be painted in four days.

“It's to let people know what's going on next year, so hopefully we can get a lot of volunteers,” Wuttke said.

Attendees also are encouraged to put on their running shoes, as the city parks department will host the “Amazing Race.”

“It's similar to the television show,” Wuttke said. “Participants complete a task and then they go on to the next clue.”

Wuttke summed up Scarecrow Festival like this: “There's good food. There's lots of activities for the kids. There's live music. We offer free and inexpensive entertainment to bring people downtown.”

For more information, go to  DiscoverDelavan.com.

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