Tickets for the Friends of the Farm Scarecrow Festival will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 27. The event will be held at the McPolin Farm on Saturday, Sept.
Tickets for the Friends of the Farm Scarecrow Festival will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 27. The event will be held at the McPolin Farm on Saturday, Sept. 27. (Park Record file photo)
There are only 11 more Fridays until Halloween and the Friends of the Farm is gearing up for its annual Scarecrow Festival at McPolin Farm.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 27, a month before the event, which is scheduled for Sept. 27, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., said Denise Carey, who manages the farm for City Hall.

This year, the Friends of the Farm, a committee that plans events at McPolin Farm, has added a new ticket category.

"We always sell out, so that's why we added non-event tickets for those who don't necessarily want to go to the festival, but still want to make and set up a scarecrow on their own time," Carey told The Park Record. "That way they can get the scarecrow materials and do their own party."

These tickets can be purchased by contacting Amanda Noel at anoel.email@gmail.com , Carey said.

"Non-event tickets are $30, and the price includes a scarecrow support, twine to support the scarecrow and a name card," according to Carey said. "They have to get their own stuffing."

There will only be 10 to 15 non-event tickets available, and Carey encourages larger groups to purchase these tickets.

"We are limited on our supply of supports," she explained. 'We want to make sure we have enough for those who attend the event."

Those who wish to create their scarecrows at the festival can purchase tickets for $40 at the PC MARC, 1200 Little Kate Rd.


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These tickets are for groups of four and include a scarecrow support, twine, a name card, three pumpkins and access to refreshments and face painting at the farm.

"Usually a group will include a parent and two kids or a parent and three kids," Carey said. "So we give out three pumpkins to the kids to paint or carve later."

The price also includes scarecrow stuffing.

"We are using all straw," Carey said. "We used to use plastic bags from grocery shopping for the stuffing, but we received requests from individuals to use more organic stuffing, because sometimes something will happen to the scarecrows and these bags would fly all over the place."

Still, participants need to bring materials for a head, some shoes, clothing for the scarecrow and any material that will help the scarecrow survive outdoors for a month.

"We also don't allow staple guns or hammers and nails," Carey said. "We monitor that now, because in the past, people have used those to attach their scarecrows to the fences, trails and support. And it takes so long to remove those things."

Since the festival will be held outside on the farm, organizers ask that participants wear clothing appropriate for the weather.

"Every year, except for one, it has been gorgeous," Carey said.

The non-gorgeous weather occurred six years ago when it rained.

"So we opened up the doors of the barn and allowed people to make their scarecrows inside," Carey remembered. "Others just packed their materials and pumpkins and, after getting their kids' faces painted, left and constructed their scarecrows at home and put them up at a later date."

Although there is limited parking across S.R. 224, Carey encourages people to ride the bus.

"Another option will be to have someone drop them off on Aspen Springs Drive so they can walk the trail to the farm," she said.

In addition to the face painting, refreshments and pumpkins, the Scarecrow Festival will feature other activities.

"We try to have a little scavenger hunt so the kids go around the farm identifying some of the equipment or read some of the signs on the farm," Carey explained. "So, this is also a learning experience."

Another new change this year will be the lack of the Billy the Bluebird scarecrow.

"He has stood at the beginning of the trail by Aspen Springs Drive, but this year, we're going to put together a new scarecrow," Carey said. "It's a big cow and she'll be wearing coveralls."

The cow will be up for a month before the festival and won't come down until on Oct. 24.

"We like to keep all of the scarecrows up as long as we can, and we know some people want them up until Halloween, but we've learned that it usually snows Halloween week and it's hard to take down soaking wet and frozen scarecrows," Carey said. "So we will have volunteers and people from the Parks Department help us with that.

"However, sometimes a family will want to display their scarecrow on their yard on Halloween, so that's another reason we take them down early," she said. "We will remind people to come out and get them before we take them down."

Tickets for Scarecrow Festival at the McPolin Farm will go on sale on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the PC MARC, 1200 Little Kate Rd. Tickets are $40 for a group of four and will include three pumpkins, a scarecrow support and stuffing material and access to activities during the festival, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at the McPolin Farm. Non-event tickets are $30 and will include scarecrow support, a nametag and twine. Tickets will not be sold the day of the event. For more information, visit wwwmcpolinfarm.org.