Food, fun, shopping and scarecrows on tap for 22nd Annual Great Akron Scarecrow Festival

Monday, September 12, 2022
Even scarecrows can have a sense of humor, as these two did at a Great Akron Scarecrow Festival.
(File Photo)

AKRON — Fun for all ages is in store at the 22nd Annual Great Akron Scarecrow Festival Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Akron City Park in Akron.

The event has become a tradition for families throughout the area to kick off the fall season with the scarecrow decorating contest, homemade food and baked goods, kids’ games and activities, a petting zoo, and dozens of

craft vendors.

All activities, food stands and vendors will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Festival admission is free, with tickets available to purchase for children’s activities.

“Each year the Scarecrow Festival continues to grow and we welcome visitors from across the area to enjoy a day of family fun,” said Lisa Harris, president of Akron Friendship & Service Club. “With dozens of top-quality vendors, creative scarecrows, great food options and a park full of activities for children, there is truly something for everyone.”

The highlight of the festival for many attendees is the annual scarecrow decorating contest. Twenty prize categories and nearly $1,000 in cash prizes are available to be awarded. Anyone interested in entering a scarecrow can bring it to the City Park between 8 and 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 17 — no pre-registration required. Contest rules can be found at www.AkronScarecrowFestival.com.

Scarecrows are judged in three age categories: preschool through 5th grade, 6th through 12th grade, and adult.

A “Best of Show” winner will be named, and festival goers can vote for their favorite scarecrow from 10-11:30 a.m. at the festival information booth. Club Choice awards, which are $25 cash prizes in 10 categories, will return for 2022 with categories including Most Creative, Best “Scare” Crow, Best School Spirit, Best Community Spirit, Nature’s Harvest, Best Use of Recycled Materials, Most Clever, Most Patriotic, Best Book Character, Best Movie or TV Character.

Akron community members will get a sneak peek at some of the 2022 festival scarecrow entries starting on Wednesday, Sept. 14, on Reed Street in downtown Akron, as members of Friendship & Service Club will display their scarecrow creations a few days early. Displayed scarecrows will be moved to the park for the festival on Saturday,

Sept. 17.

All scarecrows will be auctioned off to the public at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Children will keep busy all day with carnival games, mini-train rides, inflatables and a free petting zoo. Face painting and glitter tattoos are

also available.

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, treats, produce and craft items made by Friendship & Service Club members for purchase. Fall décor including pumpkins, gourds and mums will be available for purchase as well.

Dozens of vendors will also return to the 2022 festival, offering unique craft and décor items, clothing and jewelry, popular brand products, and food for sale.

The festival is hosted and organized by the 40 members of the Akron Friendship & Service Club, a non-profit charitable and service organization that is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), and supported by dozens of volunteers.

Following the 2021 festival, funds were donated to projects, programs and events in Akron and Westfield, including the Akron Area Museum, Akron Care Center, Akron Children’s Center, Akron Fire & Rescue, Akron Golf Club, Akron Opera House, and Akron Public Library.

The Friendship and Service Club also supports scholarships for students, classroom programs and several student groups at Akron-Westfield Community School, including National History Day participants, FFA, Art Club, and the Dance Team.

For more information, visit www.AkronScarecrowFestival.com or email AkronScarecrow@gmail.com. Visit us on Facebook at “Great Akron Scarecrow Festival” to learn more about the event and to enter weekly giveaways and contests ahead of

the festival.

The Akron Friendship & Service Club is a non-profit charitable organization that brings together 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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