August 25, 2019

Creative Scarecrows Wanted for Third Annual Essex Scarecrow FestiFall

Essex Board of Trade planning committee members scare up a few straw men in preparation for the Essex Scarecrow FestiFall this October. Pictured from l-r: Jim D’Alessio, J. Alden Clothiers, Sandy Brewer, Angelini Wine, Judy Heiser, Essex Board of Trade, Pam Carlson, Essex Art Association, and Robin Andreoli, Community Music School.

Essex, CT – It’s time to get your creative juices flowing and scare up some straw men and women for the Third Annual Scarecrow FestiFall in Essex.  The Essex Board of Trade has announced plans for the return of this extremely popular scarecrow display and Columbus Day Weekend celebration that has attracted and entertained thousands of area residents and visitors alike for the past two years.  Once again, creatively-themed scarecrows made by individuals and businesses will fill lamp posts, lawns, and benches along the village streets of Essex, Centerbrook, and Ivoryton during the month of October while music, games, food, contests, and big screen fun will take place on Saturday, October 8.

All are encouraged to contribute a scarecrow to the display and are invited to attend “how to” workshops for special tips and hands-on assistance in crafting a scarecrow.  The first workshop will be held on Friday, September 23 at the Centerbrook Meeting House located at 51 Main Street in Centerbrook from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Bring your own materials or you can purchase a kit including a frame and straw for $15.  The second workshop will be held at Gather located at 104 Main Street in Ivoryton on Friday, September 30.  Please call 860-767-7816 for time and details.  All scarecrow entries must be dropped off no later than Wednesday, October 5 at J.Alden Clothiers located at 17 Main Street in Essex Village.

The FestiFall celebration is scheduled from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 8 at the Essex Town Green on Main Street in Essex Village.  Games, crafts, food, music, raffle prizes, a pie-baking contest, scarecrow contest, and a special big screen presentation of Casper will provide plenty of fun for the whole family.  Admission is free.  For more information on Essex Scarecrow FestiFall activities and events, go to