ST. CHARLES – The Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau is accepting entries for the 31st annual Scarecrow Fest presented by ComEd, officials announced in a press release.
From Oct. 7 to 9, the nationally-recognized contest will utilize both Lincoln Park and the James Martin lot at Cedar and Third streets to display more 100 community-created scarecrows for public viewing, the release stated.
The Mega Scarecrow category returns this year, which allows 12 entrants to make a statement with an oversized display. Prizes of $450, $300 and $200 will be awarded to the three winners in this category as chosen by popular vote, the release stated.
The contest features three additional categories for participation: Mechanical, Family and Greater St. Charles Business, the release stated.
Cash prizes for the winning entries range from $75 to $550 and are donated by St. Charles Bank & Trust Company, the release stated.
Winners of the first and second place entries for the Greater St. Charles Business Category will receive a free advertisement in the Kane County Chronicle, the release stated.
New this year, the Clubs/Not-for-Profit/Individual category will now award seven prizes, giving participants more chances to win, the release stated.
Also new this year, contest participates who submit an entry by Sept. 15 will receive a pair of Scarecrow Fest finger puppets at check-in on Oct. 6. The final contest deadline is Sept. 30, the release stated.
Clubs, not-for-profits, schools, families and individuals are encouraged to enter.
Entries for businesses in the chamber’s service area – including the city of St. Charles, Campton Hills and Elburn, as well as Campton and St. Charles townships, are free, the release stated.
To enter the Scarecrow Contest, participants should visit the Scarecrow Fest website at www.scarecrowfest.com where they can complete the entry form. The form includes more information about the five contest categories, a detailed look at the official contest rules and regulations, important set up information, and new information about tear down procedures, the release stated.
Those who want to support the fest as vendors or with sponsorships can get more information also on the website, the release stated. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are still available for this year’s fest.
The Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau is funded by the Illinois Office of Tourism and a portion of the hotel/motel tax collected by St. Charles hotels to promote Greater St. Charles as a destination for leisure tourists, meetings, conventions, sports events, and motor coach trips.