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St. Charles prepares for Scarecrow Fest

ST. CHARLES – Visitors to this weekend’s Scarecrow Fest in St. Charles are encouraged to car pool and use remote park and shuttle lots, as parking will be limited downtown, St. Charles police said in a news release.

The three-day festival begins Friday.

Park and shuttle lots will be set up in these locations on the city’s west side: Haines Middle School at Ninth and Indiana streets; St. Charles School District 303 administration lot at Seventh and Indiana streets; and – Saturday and Sunday only – Thompson Middle School at Seventh and West Main streets.

On the east side, visitors can park at Lot H of Charlestowne Mall, 3800 E. Main St.

Parking will be prohibited on several city streets for the festival.

The following parking lots also will be closed:

• Wednesday through Sunday – Municipal Parking Lot G, the river plaza parking lot at North Second and Cedar/State streets.

• Today through Sunday – Municipal Parking Lot J, the Municipal Center parking lot, south half only, in the 100 block of North Riverside Avenue.

• Today through Sunday – Municipal Parking Lot P, along Riverside Avenue next to the St. Charles Police Department.

Additional handicap parking will be posted on North Fifth Street, North Fourth Street and North Riverside Avenue. Motorists are encouraged to check for signs before parking because handicap spaces will be strictly enforced with a $250 fine.

These street closures also will be in effect:

• Today through Sunday – North Third Street between Cedar and State streets.

• Friday through Sunday – North Fourth Street between West Main and Cedar streets.

• Friday through Sunday – North Fifth Street between West Main and Cedar streets.

The St. Charles Police Department and Emergency Management personnel will provide pedestrian assistance and traffic control at key intersections.

Motorists should expect delays and are reminded to use caution because of the increase in pedestrian traffic.

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