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Scarecrow Fest to run Oct. 11-13

Will run Oct. 11-13 in downtown St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – The scarecrows on display in the 34th annual Scarecrow Fest won’t likely scare away any crows.

But they likely will generate plenty of smiles.

The festival will run Oct. 11-13 in downtown St. Charles and scarecrow contest entries will be on display beginning at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 in Lincoln Park on Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets. Once again, the St. Charles Swim Team is entering the contest.

The St. Charles Swim Team is a nonprofit organization that is part of St. Charles Aquatics, located in the Norris Recreation Center’s Natatorium.

“This is an opportunity for the kids to kind of be part of a community event,” said Jon Cabel, co-head coach of the St. Charles Swim Team. “They get to be creative and they get to be a part of St. Charles in a different way. We get to be seen in a different light.”

All Scarecrow Fest visitors can vote in the scarecrow contest to help decide the winners in six categories: MEGA, mechanical, clubs, nonprofits and schools, individuals, family and business.

For the first time, the nonprofit organization Chris Walk Against Substance Abuse will have an entry in this year’s festival.

“I’ve been a St. Charles resident for a long time and Scarecrow Festival has always been kind of fun and special,” said Vicki Foley, president of the organization. “Our nonprofit just thought it was a good venue for us to get our message across and have some fun with it.”

Her son, Chris, died of a heroin overdose in 2007. The name of the group’s entry is “The Game of Life.”

“Our entry is a family of scarecrows and they’re all playing a board game, which is almost nonexistent nowadays. They’re playing the game of life.”

Next to the family is a sign that says, “Life is not a game. Make good choices.”

Scarecrow Fest is organized by the St. Charles Business Alliance. There will be live entertainment throughout the weekend with performances from dance studios and local bands. For the full lineup of entertainment, go to scarecrowfest.com.

Windy City Amusements will have a carnival set up in the parking lot of Third and Cedar streets. There will be unlimited ride specials on each day. Information about the times can be found on the Scarecrow Fest website.

There will be free transportation, with buses running from Pheasant Run to downtown St. Charles.

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