Scarecrows will play a large part of the 14th annual Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Pumpkin Festival

Scarecrows will play a large part of the 14th annual Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Pumpkin Festival

Scarecrows kick off pumpkin festival

Bring the family down to Harvest Pumpkin Festival Family Day Saturday, Oct. 11

Scarecrows are rising in Armstrong.

The Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival will again feature Scarecrows on the Street, where local businesses and residents compete in creating a unique scarecrow display.

Businesses have been busy creating scarecrows to be displayed and it is expected that competition will be fierce among some of the long time contestants.

“Judging will be people’s choice,” said Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce executive director Patti Noonan.

Voting ballots and maps for the business challenge will be available at the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce or online at www.aschamber.com.

Visit participating businesses, make your choice then drop off your ballot at the chamber by Oct. 15.

Business challenge winners will be announced Thursday, Oct. 16.

Residents will also have an opportunity to be involved as well.

Bring the family down to Harvest Pumpkin Festival Family Day Saturday, Oct. 11, at the fairgrounds and build a scarecrow.

Frames and hay will be provided along with limited clothing – feel free to bring clothing and props from home to make your scarecrow a unique representation of your family.

Residential scarecrows will be on display beginning Oct. 14.

Residential entry forms are available online or at the chamber office.

Judging for the residential challenge will also be People’s Choice. Voting ballots and maps will be available Oct. 14. The deadline to cast a ballot for the residential challenge is Thursday, Oct. 23. Winners will be announced Friday, Oct 24.

Prizes for this fun event have been provided by Historic O’Keefe Ranch. Join it for the Field of Screams event or check out its Family Corn Maze.

Harvest Pumpkin Festival celebrates arts, culture and families and has grown from a one day event to a festival that features fun for everyone. It includes farmers market, demonstrations, treats, art, lawn tractor racing, pumpkin catapult, petting zoo, pumpkin carving, games and more.

For more information, visit www.aschamber.com.