The Homestead Resort has presented a Scarecrow Convention, which is a display of scarecrows created by the resort's different departments and outside businesses, for the past six years.

This year, the display is going to be part of a larger event that will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 20, called the Fall Festival, said Amy Lineen, Homestead Resort marketing director.

"We wanted to expand the convention with some more activities that showcase our amenities here and make it more family friendly," Lineen explained. "While the scarecrows are still going up to be judged we will have more than 50 of them set up on our front lawn and on display through Oct. 21 we are incorporating other activities."

One of the new activities will include a horse-drawn, family hayride to a pumpkin patch.

"They all can get on the wagon and pick out their pumpkins and ride back to the resort and decorate them," Lineen said. "We have some special pumpkin-face stickers that everyone will get to choose from to do the decorating. There will be no carving or painting."

In addition, a roving witch will read a spooky story every 30 minutes throughout the day.

"We will also open a small putting course for children, because we have a large golf course for the adults," Lineen explained.

The Fall Festival will offer spa activities for adults as well.

"We will offer mini hand massages and a place where parents can design their own body scrubs," Lineen said.


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"We have a new spa director, Michelle Moody, who has incorporated a variety of new spa activities that will feature some of our new fall fragrances."

Food, cooked by chef Joey Pezner, will also be available throughout the event.

"He will prepare a fall barbecue that includes a lot of apples, pumpkins in the menu items," Lineen said. 'We'll also hand out some discounts to our restaurants and the spa."

Although admission to the festival is free, there will be additional costs for some of the activities, Lineen said

"People can come and enjoy looking at the scarecrows and walking about to watch some of the activities, but there are some fees required to participate in the hayride and pumpkin decorating," she said. "The pumpkin patch activity is $5 per pumpkin, but also includes the hayride to and from the main area, and the scrub bar and barbecue also will require payment."

The Homestead is the perfect place to host a fall festival, Lineen said.

"There are a lot of fall activities that go on in the greater Salt Lake Area, but we feel the fall here at the Homestead is magical," she said. "We have a unique atmosphere and it lends itself perfectly to hold these family events and programs.

"Since the resort has been around for more than 126 years, many families have been coming here year after year, and we hope this fall festival will become a tradition for them," she said.

The Homestead Resort, 700 North Homestead Drive Midway, will host a free fall festival on Saturday Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Activities will include horse-drawn hay rides, a pumpkin patch and a spooky story time for the kids, a mini hand massage, food and crafts. Package deals are also available. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadresort.com/ .