Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Scarecrow Festival is Sept. 27

Dixon Main Street will host the 13th Annual Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27. The day features a wide variety of activities for the whole family. Starting at 10 a.m., the festival will feature pumpkin painting, flower pot painting and kids’ games. During the festival parts of First Street and Hennepin Avenue will be closed to traffic.

“Last year, the flower pot painting and the pumpkin painting were both huge hits,” Josh Albrecht, Dixon Main Street executive director said. “We knew that those are now highlights that we needed to bring back.”

Also back this year will be the Bean Bag Tournament. First Street Pub will host the tournament and two age divisions will be available: 18 and over and 21 and over. Prizes will be awarded and sign-up is being held at First Street Pub and Sherwin-Williams.

New this year will be a Chalk the Walk event where kids can color a section of the downtown sidewalks with chalk. The Chalk the Walk goes from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is free. Registration will be the day of the event.

“All of the events downtown during Scarecrow Festival are very affordable and family-friendly,” Albrecht said. “We want this to be an enjoyable day for everyone.”

Another new element this year is the historic Dixon Theatre’s Acoustic Jam. From noon to 8 p.m. a variety of acoustic acts will perform in 20-minute increments. The theatre is currently looking for acts to participate in the Acoustic Jam. Those interested should call Tom at 815-973-4318. Admission to the Acoustic Jam is $5 and the concert-goers will be able to come and go all day long so that they can enjoy all the aspects of the festival.

The day continues in the afternoon with a car show starting at 3 p.m. The show will be at the corner of First Street and Ottawa Avenue and will feature music by 3D Sound. Anyone with a classic car is invited to come down for the event. There is no admission charge. For more information about the car show, call 815-288-2308.

The day ends with the new Scarecrow Festival tradition of the Progressive Walk. This year there are two walks to choose from. Walk A features the downtown bars and will food will be served by downtown restaurants and Walk B features the downtown restaurants and coffee shops. Both walks begin at 5 p.m. and finish after 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 815-288-2308.

“The Progressive Walks are a fun way to experience a lot of the downtown in just one night. Plus, getting to sample all the great food and drink makes the evening very memorable,” Albrecht said.

For more information about the 2008 Dixon Main Street Scarecrow Festival, go online to or call 815-288-22308.

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