17th Annual Scarecrow Festival set for Sept. 28
in downtown Dixon
} Annual event to feature Doggy Zoo, The Great Pumpkin Patch and more
The 17th Annual Scarecrow Festival Presented by Hicks Insurance will be in downtown Dixon on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This year, the event will feature many of the fan favorites like: Pumpkin Painting, The Great Pumpkin Patch, Craft and Food Vendors, kids games, Doggy Zoo, Pie-in-the-Face Throw, and much more.
The festival entertainment stage will feature three great shows throughout the day to entertain the crowds. At 10 a.m., Jeremy The Amazer will perform his magic show, at 11 a.m. bluegrass band Truman's Ridge will perform, and at 1 p.m. the Hoo Haven Wildlife Refuge animal showcase will take place. The festival stage will be set up at the corner of First and Hennepin Avenue in the heart of the downtown.
"The Scarecrow Festival is definitely one of the great fall traditions in downtown Dixon," said Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street. "It is a great day for families to come and explore the downtown."
The festival is a favorite for families and kids with a wide selection of activities for children. Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend this year's event.
The Doggy Zoo continues to grow in popularity, as well. With more than 80 different dog breeds on display, kids can learn about what makes each dog unique while they talk with the dog's owner. The Doggy Zoo takes place on the Old Lee County Courthouse Lawn from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Great Pumpkin Patch will be set up at the parking lot on the corner of First and Peoria Avenue, where families get to hunt for their gourd in a maze of pumpkins.
Again this year, the Lee County United Way Campaign Kick-off will take place during the festival. The United Way volunteers are planning many great family activities throughout the day. And Habitat for Humanity will host their garage sale fundraiser, and the 4-H clubs will host their annual bake sale.
"Every year we continue to grow with new events during the festival," Albrecht said. "And we are excited that the traditional events stay with us year after year."
For more information on the Scarecrow Festival, go online to www.dixonmainstreet.com or www.facebook.com/dixonmainstreet
A listing of some events at Scarecrow Festival
Located at the corner of First and Peoria Ave. Sponsored by Dixon Paint Company.
PIE IN THE FACE
Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Church corner of Hennepin & First Street.
Located at the Lee County Courthouse lawn. Over 80 breeds of dogs will be on display with their owners to answer questions. 10 - 1 p.m.
Habitat For Humanity Garage Sale
Located at the Kenzley Title parking lot at the corner of Commercial Alley and Hennepin Ave.
FLOWER POT PAINTING
Sponsored by Lee County Master Gardeners.
Located in front of Town Square Center on First Street.
JEREMY ‘THE AMAZER’ HAAK – 10 AM–3 PM
Performance at 10 a.m. at the corner of First & Hennepin.
PALMYRA HILLBILLIES 4H BOOTH
Located on First Street between Hennepin & Galena Avenues on the south side of the street, the 4H will feature crafts and a bake sale.
FARMERS MARKET - 8 a.m. - noon
Dixon Park District's weekly Farmer's Market. Come check out fresh foods, crafts, and more at Haymarket Square.
RETAIL AND DINING SPECIALS
Come and Visit the variety of retail and dining options in downtown Dixon during Scarecrow Festival. Try some great food, find some great shopping bargains and enjoy our wonderful downtown
Hunter's Hope 3K Walk
Hunter's Hope Every Step, the Walk for Expanded & Universal Newborn Screening
Every Child. Every Time. Everywhere.
3K walk on the Riverfront, 9am registration/10a.m. Start $10 fee
Register online www.everystepwalk.org.
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The local MOPS group will be holding a food booth featuring apples and other treats.
The GREAT DOWNTOWN PUMPKIN PATCH
The Great Downtown Pumpkin Patch featuring a field of pumpkins. Come and pick out your favorite pumpkin or try your luck at the Pumpkin Raffle. Enjoy homemade soaps, gourds, and other fall decorations! Corner of First and Peoria Ave.
A variety of craft vendors will be on display including Mary Kay, Thirty-One and more!
United Way Kick-Off Party
The United Way is hosting their campaign launch party during the festival. Corner of First and Galena Avenue.
Christmas Walk 50/50 Tickets
Dixon Main Street will be selling our 50/50 Christmas Walk Raffle Tickets during Scarecrow Festival. Drawing will be held at the Christmas Walk on Friday, Dec. 6.