ST. CHARLES – Next week's Scarecrow Fest in St. Charles will offer some new features for its 28th year, including paths illuminated by solar-powered lights, according to a news release from the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Set for Oct. 11-13, the festival will have five categories of scarecrows displayed in Lincoln Park, which is along Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets. Displays in the sixth category – promoting businesses from greater St. Charles – will be at the city's newest parking lot on the former VFW site just west of Third Street between Cedar and State streets.
Festivalgoers can expect these new elements:
• Scarecrows in Lincoln Park will be illuminated by solar-powered path lights.
• The Lincoln Park display will be laid out with the help of a professional set designer provided by Ravenswood Event Services.
• In addition to the main stage at Lincoln Park, entertainment areas have been added on First Street between Main and Illinois streets; near the St. Charles Municipal Center at Main Street and Riverside Avenue; and along the riverwalk that borders the east bank.
• Longtime participant Ted Eynik will share stories of the 20 elaborate, moving displays he created during the festival's history.
"Due to circumstances beyond his control, Ted was not able to enter a scarecrow in this year’s contest," visitors bureau Executive Director Amy Egolf said in the release.
"But, he has become a tradition of our festival, and we know attendees who attended past fests specifically to see his creations will be eager to meet him and see examples of the techniques and elements he used to bring so much enjoyment to so many festival goers."
Free shuttles will be available to those parked in Lot H at Charlestowne Mall and at Illinois and Seventh streets.
Scarecrow Fest is produced by the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau and Ravenswood Event Services. It is presented by AAA Insurance.