May 9, 2021

A FestiFall of Family Fun Coming to Essex October 5 and 6 – Call for Scarecrows!

Scaring up some fun are members of the Essex Board of Trade’s Scarecrow FestiFall Committee (from l-r) Pam Carlson, Jim D’Alessio, Robin Andreoli, Judy Heiser, Susan Dee and Joan Paul.

Essex, CT – ‘Tis the season to scare up some scarecrows and head to Essex for a festival of family fun this October.  The Essex Board of Trade has announced plans for the fourth annual Scarecrow FestiFall, sponsored by Essex Savings Bank, with an expanded schedule of events and locations for this extremely popular Columbus Day weekend celebration.  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 an outdoor movie, art show, live music, games, food, pie contest and scarecrow judging will take place on October 5 and 6.

All are encouraged to contribute a creative scarecrow to be displayed and entered in the voting competition. A free “how to” workshop for special tips and hands-on assistance in crafting a scarecrow will be held on Friday, September 28 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Ivoryton Library, 106 Main Street in Ivoryton Village.  Bring your own materials or purchase a kit including a frame and straw for $15.  All scarecrow entries must be dropped off no later than Wednesday, October 3 at J.Alden Clothiers located at 17 Main Street in Essex Village.

On Friday, October 5 at 6:30 pm, an outdoor screening of short films by Valley Regional High School students and the feature movie Monsters, Inc. will be staged in the parking area of the Community Music School, located at Spencer’s Corner, 90 Main Street in Centerbrook Village.  The showing is free of charge with complimentary popcorn provided by the Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley.  Please bring lawn chairs or other appropriate seating for use on the hard top surface.

The FestiFall continues on Saturday, October 6 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm with a diverse mix of food, entertainment and contests happening at the Main Street Park in Essex Village.  The Community Music

School will keep kids busy with pumpkin painting, an instrument “petting” zoo and arts & crafts.  Live music will round out the entertainment while the Essex Lions Club will serve up food and drinks.   Throughout the afternoon, the public can cast their vote for their favorite scarecrows and browse the Essex Art Association’s showing of original works by several EAA artists, all available for purchase.

For those who prefer to get creative in the kitchen, the annual pie-contest will also be held in the afternoon with judging in two categories, “Apple” and “All Other”.  Pie contest entries will be accepted between 1:00 and 1:30 pm at the designated contest table and awards will be announced later in the day.

Sponsored by Essex Savings Bank, Page Taft, and William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, admission to all FestiFall events and activities is free.  For more information events and contest details, go to