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An Illinois Town Is Looking For Scarecrow Hunters — How You Can Join The Fun (2022)

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A scarecrow at the St. Charles Scarecrow WeekendPhoto credit: JEFF HAYNES / AFP via Getty Images

Calling all scarecrow hunters! For its 37th year, Scarecrow Weekend is back in downtown St. Charles, Illinois. Celebrate the fall season while enjoying live entertainment, activities for the whole family, and of course, handmade scarecrows.

Scarecrow Weekend

This weekend of fun will get you into the fall spirit with lots of family activities in Lincoln and Pottawatomie parks. Scarecrow Weekend has festive photo opportunities, professional pumpkin demonstrations, a craft show, live entertainment, and the Family Zone with face painting, balloon art, a bubble artist, and a magic show.

You won’t want to miss the Scarecrow in a Box. You can buy everything you need to make a scarecrow including pantyhose, twine, an outfit, and straw all in one box to take home.

Many local businesses and establishments downtown will host events, offer specials, and serve food and drinks.

Scarecrow Contest

A highlight of Scarecrow Weekend is the Scarecrow Contest from October 7-9. There are more than 80 handmade scarecrows on display throughout the city. Guests are invited to “hunt” for scarecrows and vote on their favorite designs. The four scarecrow categories are individual, business, clubs/not-for-profits/schools, and mechanical/mega.

About The St. Charles Business Alliance 

The St. Charles Business Alliance is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to enhancing the economic viability of St. Charles. It drives tourism, organizes events, and promotes the revitalization of the city.

Visit St. Charles

St. Charles is just 35 miles west of Downtown Chicago. It’s a vibrant town with hotels, parks, breweries, shopping, restaurants, and theaters. There are also hundreds of miles of biking & running trails along the majestic Fox River & in the Kane County Forest Preserves.

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