St. Charles Scarecrow Fest Trims Down to 'Scarecrow Stroll' Due to COVID-19

St. Charles Scarecrow Fest Trims Down to ‘Scarecrow Stroll’ Due to COVID-19

To avoid crowds and encourage social distancing, the St. Charles Business Alliance is turning Scarecrow Fest into Scarecrow Stroll.

Due to COVID-19, the St. Charles Business Alliance will not be having the traditional Scarecrow festival. Instead the 2020 Scarecrow Stroll will take the place of the traditional event.

The Scarecrow Stroll will take place on Friday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 11.

Scarecrow Fest traditionally takes place in Lincoln Park.

St. Charles Business Alliance Executive Director Jenna Sawicki said the change is to make sure the public understands the changes due to COVID-19.

“The Scarecrow Stroll is a new event and is very different and smaller due to COVID-19,” Sawicki said. “So we thought it was important to explain the new event, so no one is surprised and expectations are set.”

The Scarecrow Stroll will focus on the Scarecrow Contest, and will also feature a scavenger hunt throughout the downtown, a Craft Beer Box featuring seasonal beers from St. Charles breweries, and several mini-activities including “Scarecrow In a Box.” There will also be a Drive-In Concert in partnership with the St. Charles Park District on Thursday, Oct. 8, to kick-off the weekend.

The focus will also be on safety and social distancing. There will be signage about following the guidelines throughout the City as well as reminders to wear facemask.

“We are excited to still work with the businesses and the community groups to keep the spirit of Scarecrow alive in our community,” Sawicki said. “We all need something to lift our spirits during current times. We hope that we have enough entries from the community to keep the spirit of the scarecrow alive and well in our community.

The St Charles Business Alliance is now accepting applications for the 2020 St. Charles Scarecrow Stroll Scarecrow Contest. Scarecrows will be spread throughout the town to encourage social distancing, while also supporting local businesses that will be paired with scarecrows.

Individuals, businesses, clubs, schools and not-for-profits interested in entering the contest may do so by completing and returning the Scarecrow Contest entry form by Sept. 18th. There is no entry fee.

Applications and information about the Scarecrow Stroll can be found at

About the St. Charles Business Alliance

The mission of the St. Charles Business Alliance is to drive economic growth to make the St. Charles Community a destination where people, businesses and tourism thrive. The Alliance produces the St. Charles Fine Art Show, Holiday Homecoming, Jazz Weekend, Scarecrow Festival and the St. Patrick’s Parade.

For more information about the Alliance, visit

SOURCE: St. Charles Business Alliance news release