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[Make-your-own-scarecrow fun will be part of the St. Charles Scarecrow Fest.]
Tomell: How many artisans will be in town for the big, three-day Autumn on the Fox Arts and Craft Show in Pottawatomie Park?
Wagner: They're anticipating over 150 vendors. The items that they offer are primarily handmade.
Tomell: What kind of festival attendance do you anticipate?
Wagner: It depends upon the weather. Last year with rain, [there were] 80,000. Previous years without rain, it's over 100,000.
Tomell: The carnival rides will be back?
Wagner: Windy City Amusements has expanded into an additional area. The adult rides and
kiddie rides will have a little separation between them on the west side of Route 31 off Second and also off Third Street.
Tomell: You've incorporated the St. Charles History Museum's Grave Reminders program Oct. 6 featuring costumed performers at North Cemetery?
Wagner: New this year, it will be part of the trolley route. On Saturday, it will be an extended route and will drop [people] off right at that event. [Advance program registration is encouraged through the St. Charles Park District at 630-513-6200 or stcparks.org/register.]
Tomell: Why is Scarecrow Fest such a popular draw?
Wagner: With its location in the downtown area, it is just so scenic with the fall colors and the fact that there is the scarecrow contest with the individuals who participate in developing beautiful pieces of art. It just amazes me the creativity people have – from "Star Wars" [characters made] out of painted pumpkins to an 8-foot headless horseman and the mechanical entries. I can't say how talented I think those people are.