Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Local News

October 2, 2013

Scarecrow Festival returns to Danville

DANVILLE — For the sixth consecutive year, Danville’s Courthouse Square will be lined with the display of handcrafted scarecrows created by businesses and people from in and outside of Danville.

Each year the scarecrows appear the first Saturday in October and then remain on display for the entire month. The festival is run by the Downtown Danville Partnership.

“This is the kickoff to the fall season,” said Laura Parker, chairman of the Scarecrow Festival Committee. “These scarecrows are the main attraction for the fall. People from everywhere come to see the scarecrows throughout the month. This is a non-stop attraction.”

An average of 35 to 50 scarecrows are generally created by business, families, organizations, and individuals each year.

At 7 a.m. this Saturday, the town will begin setting up the scarecrows around the square. Entries will be accepted until 11 a.m. The scarecrow festival will then begin at noon and last until 3 p.m.

This free family event will feature a food court set up by local merchants, musical entertainment by Bobbie Lancaster, who will do a special gig for children, a pie-eating contest, a children’s costume contest, sack races, a juggler, and free pumpkins for children to decorate or race each other in little trucks.

The scarecrow contest winners will then be announced. The scarecrows will be evaluated by three judges that are selected from the community who review and score on originality, creativity, and workmanship. There will be two categories: Family/Individual and Business/ Organization.

The best scarecrow will win a $100 prize and bragging rights for the year. The second- and third-place winners will receive $50 and $25, respectively.

“It’s a good-natured competition,” Parker said. “Contestants strive to be a repeat winner, or do better than what they did last time.”

She said there is anywhere from 600 to 800 people that come to the festival each year, and the town sees about 1,000 visitors throughout the month.

Text Only
Local News
  • Mooresville Museum offers one day memorial display

    The Academy of Hoosier Heritage Museum will be open Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special Memorial Tribute to Frank Inn and his animal stars.

    This one day only display will be in the first floor meeting room.

    Guests will learn the local legendary Hollywood trainer, and many of his stars, like Benji, Cleo, Rhubarb the cat, Arnold the pig and more.

    August 22, 2014

  • HCF 8-23 news brownsburg chamber pic 1 Brownsburg Chamber welcomes Connie Lawson BROWNSBURG — At the chamber of commerce monthly luncheon here Wednesday, Secretary of State Connie Lawson talked to members about some of her current projects and goals. Lawson said as secretary of state, she is in charge of licensing financial profe

    August 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lawson launches financial literacy program |Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson recently launched the Indiana MoneyWise financial literacy program. The program, formerly known as Indiana Investment Watch, is focused on improving Hoosiers’ financial literacy and protecting investors from

    August 22, 2014

  • Application deadline nears for state park deer reductions |The deadline for hunters to apply for this year’s state park deer reduction hunts is Aug. 25. Hunters must apply online by visiting the website at Hunting.IN.gov and clicking on the "Reserved Hunt Info" link. The link also includes additional hunt d

    August 22, 2014

  • HCF 8-23 news ice challenge pic 2 Town official take ALS ice bucket challenge AVON — Over the past several weeks, the country has witnessed countless celebrities dump buckets of ice-cold water over their heads in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • HCF 8-23 news big go block party pic 1 Big Go Block Party deemed big success BROWNSBURG — On Tuesday night, the Town Hall green here was packed for the Big Go Block Party, a celebration for the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway, to be held over Labor Day weekend. The first time event was ho

    August 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • Venison donation program continues |A program that allows hunters to give deer meat to the public will continue again this fall. GiveIN Game, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife’s venison donation program, will be available for its fourth year. Hunte

    August 21, 2014

  • Venison donation program continues |A program that allows hunters to give deer meat to the public will continue again this fall. GiveIN Game, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife’s venison donation program, will be available for its fourth year. Hunte

    August 21, 2014

  • Labor Day holiday closings |Don Snemis, commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), has announced that all BMV license branches will be closed Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. All license branches will resume their regularly sched

    August 21, 2014

  • Gaming revenues rush over the border as Illinois expands slots |INDIANAPOLIS — Beer and barbecue aren’t the only draws to Daddy-O’s Bar & Grill in the small town of Paris, Ill., 15 miles from the Indiana border. The prospect of winning pulls in customers, as well. Since the neighborhood bar installed five video

    August 21, 2014

House Ads
Hendricks County Marquee
High School Football Scoreboard Poll
Email News Sign Up
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

Are you worried about the violence in Ferguson, Mo., spreading across the country?

Yes
No
Not concerned one way or the other
     View Results
AP Video
Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Hamm Talks Emmy Chances Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Raw: Egypt Bus Crash Kills at Least 33 Two Bodies Found in Adjacent Yards Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Rescue Efforts Suspended at Japan Landslide Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Raw: Smaller Marches in Ferguson Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn Farm Resurgence Grows With Younger Crowd Microbrewery Chooses Special Can for Its Beer Ky. Firefighters Hurt in Ice Bucket Challenge Federal Investigation Will Look at Use of Force Community Deals With Michael Brown Aftermath US: We Do Not Pay Ransom to Terrorists
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Must Read