by Julie Ann Madden
Sunday’s cooler temperatures bring to mind that autumn is just around the corner, and GFWC Friendship & Service Club members are busy planning the 12th annual Great Akron Scarecrow Festival & Contest.
They are seeking craft and food vendors and contestants for this year’s day-long event, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Akron City Park.
There are two divisions in the Scarecrow Contest: Youth and Adult. Anyone can build and decorate a scarecrow to enter. Rules and applications can be found on the City of Akron website. Scarecrows are displayed at the festival, then judged with winners announced at noon. At 2 p.m., the scarecrows are auctioned off to the highest bidders. All proceeds go toward community betterment projects the club undertakes.
Those wishing to have a craft or food booth at the festival will also find applications on the website or they may call Sue Higman at 568-2852 for more information.
The annual Scarecrow Festival & Contest includes games and a petting zoo for children, and a Donkey Biscuit Lottery, garden produce and bake sale and more than 50 vendors with a plethora of things for adults to choose.
It’s a day for whole families to enjoy as well as for organizations and vendors to raise funds. It’s also a time for groups such as Red Hat Societies. It’s even a place for men to gather, talking and eating, while women browse, shop and visit.
Mark Sept. 15 on the calendar and begin creating scarecrows.