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Article updated: 10/13/2013 4:48 PM

Scarecrows quite a draw in St. Charles

By John Starks

If Saturday's gloomy skies kept anyone away from the 28th annual St. Charles Scarecrow Festival, Sunday's idyllic autumn weather brought them downtown.

Handmade scarecrows were the draw in Lincoln Park, as crowds snaked through the displays and posed for family-album pictures with the wide variety of entrants. The event has grown from a concentrated few scarecrows to more than 150 on display around town in six categories that visitors can vote on: children's, mechanical, business, traditional, whimsical and family.

The weekend event also features carnival rides, food, an arts and crafts show, and live entertainment.

The variety of attractions kept the crowd moving through town. The event draws up to 150,000 people.

Steve Kraft visited with his family from Aurora and carried 4-year-old granddaughter Nicole Carolton through the crowded park.

"She was a little afraid of the scary ones," he said as she asked to pet a nearby puppy on a leash.

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