Annual Scarecrow Festival brings many to town

Posted September 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

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The 17th Annual Great Akron Scarecrow Festival Sept. 16 was another success for the GFWC Friendship and Service Club of Akron. The event, held in the Akron City Park, had a huge crowd in spite of the morning rain, threat of more rain, and cooler temperatures.

Scarecrows, food, vendors, activities for kids, a petting zoo, and more gave attendees much to do.

New this year was the addition of awards for scarecrows. The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce had a Hometown Spirit Award for adults and youth with the adult winner receiving $25 in Chamber Bucks and the youth winner receiving $15 in Chamber Bucks. The Akron-Westfield Athletic Booster Club gave $25 for the scarecrow exhibiting school spirit. These awards joined other Festival awards: Best of Show, People’s Choice Award, Theme Award for scarecrow best using the “Dive in to Fall” theme, along with first, second, and third places in three categories: Adult, Intermediate (Grades 6-12), and Youth (through fifth grade).

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