September 30, 2013
For the sixth year in a row, Danville’s Courthouse Square will be lined with an amazing display of handcrafted scarecrows. Each year the scarecrows magically appear the first Saturday in October and then remain on display for the entire month to the delight of everyone who passes by the square.
Back again this year to accompany the scarecrow display is the Scarecrow Festival which takes place from noon to 3 pm on October 5th. This free family event will feature games and crafts for the kids, musical entertainment by Bobbie Lancaster, a costume contest, a pie-eating contest, and of course, the winners in the Scarecrow Contest will be announced as well. All are welcome to attend and the event is free to everyone.
These whimsical characters are created by families and businesses from around the Danville community who have been working on their scarecrows for days—or even weeks. They toil and tinker with their scarecrows to get them just right in hopes of landing first place in the annual contest.
Scarecrows will be evaluated by a three-judge panel in two categories: Family/Individual and Business/Organization. The most creative and spectacular ‘crow’ in each category will win the $100 prize and bragging rights for a full year. Second and Third place winners will receive $50 and $25, respectively, and a burning desire to take top honors next year. Participants are encouraged to pre-register, but entries are accepted all the way up to 11 am on Oct 5th on the day of the festival. Entry forms can be found online at www.VisitDowntownDanville.com or www.danvilleindiana.org and they are also available at the Danville Town Hall or by calling 745-3001.
“Every year I’m so impressed by the level of creativity and imagination we see in these scarecrow displays,” said Laura Parker, Chairman of the Scarecrow Festival Committee. “Each one is an original piece of art.”
The Downtown Danville Partnership organizes the scarecrow contest and festival. The goal of the Scarecrow Contest was to promote community spirit and entice visitors to stop on the square as they pass through town on their way to the Covered Bridge Festival. “In such a short time, the scarecrow display has developed quite a reputation. We get calls from people all around the state asking when the scarecrows will go up,” stated Parker. “Some of these folks have planned a visit to Danville each year just to see the scarecrows,” she said.
The Downtown Danville Partnership works to develop, promote and sustain Danville’s historic courthouse square as “Hendricks County’s downtown,” the county’s gathering place and its retail, civic, entertainment and government center. The Partnership works to make downtown enhancements a priority for the community, harnessing the strengths and talents of relevant organizationsand individuals and promoting collaboration and enthusiasm among all sectors who work on and in downtown.
For more information on this and other downtown events, visit www.VisitDowntownDanville.com.