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Scarecrows to take over Bernardston in a fun family event

The annual Scarecrow in the Park event, sponsored by the Bernardston Kiwanis happens on October 20th and 21st. Proceeds from this event benefit the Bernardston Kiwanis Scholarship Fund.

This event includes scarecrows, artists and craftspeople, Tractor Parade, two days of live music, Halloween dance party, artist demonstrations, a visit and demonstration with local canine police officers, lots of family activities, delicious food options, a Vintage Car Show, and more.  This will be the sixth year that Scarecrow in the Park features artists and craftspeople selling their handcrafted wares and local musicians sharing their talents live.  Both days will feature delicious food cooked by the Kiwanis, including burgers, hot dogs, hand-cut fries, and more; hummus, sandwiches, and platters from the Holyoke Hummus Company; fried dough with maple cream from All Things Maple; cotton candy, caramel apples, and baked goods from local school organizations.  

The ever-popular Tractor Parade will take place at noon on October 20th, followed by the Halloween Dance Party, hayrides, and, new this year, a Vintage (pre 1980's) Car Show on Sunday, October 21st.  Both days will feature live music from local musicians, including Valley favorites Appalachian Still, The Shortfills, Drew Paton's 1940's Hit Parade, Corki & Ken, Pat and Tex LaMountain, Falltown String Band, and Celtic Heels will again be sharing their fancy footwork.  The Melha Shriners clowns will be paying us a visit again this year, sharing their face painting and balloon-sculpting talents, and local canine police officers will be demonstrating their skills for the crowd.  The artists' booths will be open both days, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, and 'til 3:00 pm on Sunday.  Featuring jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, preserves, wood crafts, gourd art, handcrafted soap, birdhouses, salsa, seasonal decorations, home adornments, maple syrup, candles, and more, there really is something for everyone. 

The scarecrow contest has five Kiwanis-sponsored categories, Scariest, Funniest, Prettiest, Most Interesting Use of Materials, and the rotating category theme will be Art.  These five categories offer a $100 prize for each.  BearCountry Radio will be offering a $100 Big Y gift certificate for the best "Bearcrow." A $10 registration fee enters scarecrow makers in all six categories.  Scarecrow registration forms will be available at Cushman Library, from, or found on the Scarecrow in the Park Facebook page.  Questions regarding all aspects of this event can also be directed to this e-mail address or the FB page. 

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