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 from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct 10, and Sunday, Oct. 11.
Highlights of the event include:
- The Scarecrow Stroll will focus on a Scarecrow Contest, where local individuals, groups and businesses will place over 50 decorated and themed scarecrows in front of or along St Charles Businesses. A map will be provided on the Alliance’s website and at the Information booth, which will be located in front of the Municipal Building (2 E. Main Street)
- A Fall Photo Opportunity Area will be located behind the old BMO Harris Bank building along Riverside Avenue.
- A Scavenger Hunt throughout the downtown will feature specials from the Downtown Businesses. A final list of this will be released prior to the event on the website.
- A Craft Beer Box featuring seasonal beers from St. Charles breweries – pre order is available on the Alliance’s website: https://www.scarecrowfest.com/craftbeerbox. In person pick up will be:
- 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at D & G Brewing Co.
- 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Pollyanna Brewing Co.
- “Scarecrow in a Box” will be located behind the old BMO Harris Bank building along Riverside Avenue. Visitors can purchase a Scarecrow in a Box kit to take home for $5 from local Boy Scout Troop 60. Kits include: clothing, hay, twine and stockings.
- A live Pumpkin Carver will be at the St. Charles History Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.
- 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. Link to buy tickets for $5 here: https://www.stcparks.org/drivein-concerts/
The focus will be on safety and social distancing. There will be signage about following the guidelines throughout the city as well as reminders to wear face masks.
This event would not be possible without the support of our wonderful community sponsors including: St. Charles Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram, Gerald Subaru of North Aurora, Griffin Williams LLP, McNally’s Heating and Cooling, Metronet, Lakeshore Recycling, and In-Towne Self Storage.
More information about the Scarecrow Stroll can be found at www.scarecrowfest.com
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 www.stcalliance.org.