Digital Access

Digital Access
Access from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Want to make sure you receive the latest local news? We’ve got you covered! Get the best in local news, sports, community events, with focus on what’s coming up for the weekend. Weekly mail subscription offers

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from Kane County Chronicle, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
Sign up for free email alerts. We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox.

Chuck and Char blog creates buzz about Scarecrow Fest

ST. CHARLES – Jason Pawlowski said he didn’t know what to think when, on his first day with the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau, he found a scarecrow finger puppet at his desk.

When he found another one he got an idea.

“Gosh, wouldn’t this be a cool thing to be the catalyst to promote Scarecrow
Fest and the businesses and organizations and attractions in greater St. Charles all in one site,” said Pawlowski, the bureau’s marketing manager and festival liaison.

And thus he launched the blog “Chuck and Char: A Scarecrow’s Life,” which introduces the puppets as the official correspondents for the 28th annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest, set to begin Oct. 11.

Since the first post, Pawlowski has taken Chuck and Char to Savers on East Main Street and Arcedium Coffeehouse in downtown, documenting the experience in both words and pictures.

“It’s been fun,” he said, adding he also is using social media to promote the scarecrows’ adventures.

He aims to update the blog two or three times a week, but will increase the frequency as Scarecrow Fest gets closer, he said.

Last year, festival organizers opted to display the scarecrows in three locations instead of in and around Lincoln Park – a decision that some criticized.

This year, all the scarecrows will be on the west side of the Fox River.

Individuals, families, clubs, organizations and businesses may enter the scarecrow contest.

Applications are available at

They are due Sept. 27. Call DeAnn Wagner at 630-377-6161, ext. 102, or email her at for information.

Follow the adventures of Chuck and Char at Call Pawlowski at 630-377-6161 ext. 105 to make suggestions about where Chuck and Char should visit.

Loading more