Scarecrow Fest Returns! Fall Festival Set For Oct. 8-10 in St. Charles

Scarecrow Fest Returns! Fall Festival Set For Oct. 8-10 in St. Charles

The 36th annual Scarecrow Festival, presented by AAA, will be held Friday, Oct. 8, to Sunday, Oct. 10, in downtown St. Charles.

The highlight of the weekend will be the many unique handcrafted scarecrows on display throughout downtown St Charles.

From the start to end of the festival, Scarecrow Festival visitors can vote in the Scarecrow contest to help decide the winners in four categories: mechanical/mega, clubs, non-profits and schools, individuals and business.

There will be a Family Zone, sponsored by St. Charles Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram. This is a new addition to the Scarecrow Festival that will replace the carnival, and will host live entertainment and family activities throughout the weekend.

The Family Zone will feature a professional pumpkin carver, giant bubble artist, live entertainment, face painting and more.

Other highlights of the festival will be a festive photo op area, specials, promotions and events at various St. Charles businesses and the Autumn on the Fox Craft Show in Pottawatomie Park. Visitors will also be able to purchase a “Scarecrow in a Box” which includes materials to make your own scarecrow.

St. Charles Business Alliance Executive Director Jenna Sawicki said it will be a great weekend for locals and visitors alike to come out to Scarecrow Festival.

“We are excited to bring this amazing, fall event back for everyone to enjoy,” Sawicki said. “We hope everyone can come out and see the scarecrows, support our St. Charles businesses and safely enjoy our wonderful downtown.”

Entries for the 2021 Scarecrow Contest will be accepted until Saturday, Sept. 18. For more information on where to enter and more information on the 2021 Scarecrow Festival, visit

The St. Charles Business Alliance is also looking for volunteers for Scarecrow Festival. If any individual or organization is interested in volunteering during this amazing, community event, please email or call 630-443-3967.

This event would not be possible without the support of community sponsors including: Meijer, St. Charles Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram, McNally’s Heating and Cooling, Gerald Subaru of North Aurora and Lakeshore Recycling.

Event details are subject to change due to state of Illinois COVID-19 guidelines.

The “Rocking Horse” by Fran Volz was featured in Mega/Mechanical category. Applications are now open for this year’s Scarecrow Festival on Oct. 8-10.

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