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Scarecrow Fest Seeking Contest Participants, Community Entertainers

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  • A sampling of some of the winning scarecrows from the 2012 St. Charles Scarecrow Fest.

    A sampling of some of the winning scarecrows from the 2012 St. Charles Scarecrow Fest.

Greater St. Charles CVB

ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS -- The 28th Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest takes place October 11-13, 2013 in downtown St. Charles. This family-friendly, fall festival is produced by the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau and Ravenswood Event Services and continues to be a cherished autumn tradition among residents and visitors of all ages.

The SCCVB is now seeking participants to take part in the Scarecrow Contest. Scarecrow decorators will compete in one of six categories: Mechanical, Traditional, Whimsical, St. Charles Business, Children's Club/Organization, or Family. Interested applicants can register online at or visit for more contest details.

Scarecrow Fest is also inviting local bands, dance troupes and other performing acts to serve as Community Entertainment on the main stage and three entertainment zones between 10am-2pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Acts can complete an online Community Entertainment Application at or call Marketing Manager/Festival Liaison Jason Pawlowski at 630.377.6161 x 105 for information on how to be considered.

Additionally, St. Charles restaurants are encouraged to participate in the Scarecrow Fest's Great Tastes of Greater St. Charles -- highlighting the cuisine of local restaurants in the Greater St. Charles area. There is no entry fee to join. For details, call Sylvia Fellin at Ravenswood Event Services at 312.633.2600 or e-mail

Famous for its unique scarecrow displays, each year Scarecrow Fest features an array of activities and events for everyone to enjoy. The festival's most popular events are back again this year including Make Your Own Scarecrow, Fun on First, Windy City Amusement Carnival, Great Tastes of Greater St. Charles, and the Autumn on the Fox Arts & Crafts show in Pottawatomie Park.

In 2012, Scarecrow Fest attendance was estimated at around 120,000 over the course of the three-day event. In 2011, the festival received national exposure on NBC's Today Show, which highlighted the event as one of the country's top five fall festivals. It has also been recognized multiple times as one of the "Top 100 Events in North America".

The Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau is funded by the Illinois Office of Tourism and a portion of the hotel/motel tax collected by St. Charles hotels to promote Greater St. Charles as a destination for leisure tourists and meetings and conventions, sports events, and motorcoach trips. For additional information regarding the bureau's marketing and sales activities, contact the bureau at 630-377-6161, 800-777-4373 or