13th annual Great Akron Scarecrow Festival offers food and fun for all ages

On Sept. 21, the Akron City Park will be transformed into a celebration of fall with food and fun for all ages. The 13th Annual Great Akron Scarecrow Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will feature the scarecrow decorating contest, homemade food and baked goods, kids’ games and activities, and more than 50 vendors.

The highlight of the festival is the scarecrow-decorating contest. Contestants of all ages create and decorate scarecrows of all sizes, shapes and themes to compete for $600 in cash prizes.

Scarecrows are judged in three age categories: preschool through 5th grade, 6th through 12th grade and adult. Participants are encouraged to be creative with both the themes and materials used for creating their scarecrows.

Details about the contest and photos of past winners are available at www.AkronScarecrowFestival.com.

Scarecrows entered in the contest will be auctioned to festival-goers at 2 p.m.

“We’re excited to host the 13th annual Great Akron Scarecrow Festival. From food to shopping to fall crafts and kids’ activities, there is really is something for everyone to enjoy ,” said Angela Price, co-president of GFWC/Iowa Friendship & Service Club. “Over 13 years, it has evolved into an event that the entire community looks forward to and benefits from.”

Since 2000, the festival has raised thousands of dollars each year to support projects and organizations that benefit everyone in the Akron area community. Funds raised from the 2012 Scarecrow Festival were used to support the Akron-Westfield Community Schools, Akron Care Center, Akron Opera House, Akron Library, Akron Community Museum and others.

Projects ranged from landscaping at the city park to purchasing new playground equipment at Lefty Swift field, to reading bags for elementary students and a beautician chair and sink at the Akron Care Center, as well as annual holiday gifts for families in need.

Festival visitors won’t leave hungry. Food booths and vendors will feature taverns, hot dogs, tacos-in-a-bag, homemade pies, kettle corn, funnel cakes and other fall treats. The “Nature’s Harvest” store includes hundreds of homemade breads, cakes, pies and treats made by Friendship & Service Club members for purchase.

The Scarecrow Festival is a highlight for area children. Carnival games, mini-train rides, inflatables, crafts and a free petting zoo will keep them busy all day. They can also express their creative side with face painting and glitter tattoos.

More than 50 vendors will offer crafts, clothing, popular brand products and food for sale.

The annual event is hosted and organized by the GFWC/Iowa Friendship & Service Club, based in Akron, IA.

For more information, visit www.AkronScarecrowFestival.com or e-mail AkronScarecrow@gmail, or visit Facebook at “Great Akron Scarecrow Festival.”

The Akron Friendship & Service Club is a non-profit charitable organization that brings together 40 women from Akron and surrounding communities to promote friendliness, local and area support, and an awareness of causes around us.

The GFWC/Iowa Friendship & Service Club is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), an international organization founded in 1890 for the betterment of society through a variety of community improvement projects (www.gfwc.org). The club is also a member of GFWC/Iowa (www.gfwciowa.org).

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