ST. CHARLES – One of the signs that fall has arrived in St. Charles is the annual Scarecrow Festival and its related contest, which is set for Oct. 7 to 9 in downtown St. Charles, the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau announced in a news release.
The nationally recognized contest will use both Lincoln Park and the James Martin lot at Cedar and Third streets to display dozens of community-created scarecrows for public viewing, the release stated.
Contest participants who submit an entry by Sept. 15 will receive a pair of Scarecrow Fest finger puppets at check-in on Oct. 6. The final deadline for entries is Sept. 30.
The mega scarecrow category returns this year. According to the release, it allows 12 entrants to make a statement with an oversized display. Clubs, schools, individuals and businesses in the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau service area are encouraged to enter. Prizes of $450, $300 and $200 will be awarded to the three winners chosen by popular vote.
Other categories are the mechanical category, family category and the clubs/nonprofit/individual category. Cash prizes for the winning entries range from $75 to $550 and are donated by St. Charles Bank and Trust Company, the release stated. It indicated that the clubs/nonprofit/individual category will now award seven prizes, giving contest participants more chances to win.
Winners of the first- and second-place entries for the business category will receive a free advertisement in the Kane County Chronicle, the release stated.
To enter the scarecrow contest, visit scarecrowfest.com. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities can also be found on the website.