Kids build mini scarecrows for Harvest Festival


Last year's addition of the Mini-Crow division was a hit and promises even more creative entertainment at the Oct. 22 Viera Voice Scarecrow Stroll & Harvest Festival at The Avenue Viera.

Cory Davis

The Mini-Crow division added last year to the Viera Voice Scarecrow Stroll & Harvest Festival was a huge hit and this year promises to provide even more creative entertainment. Children who wish to build a scarecrow of their own and bring it at the start of the festival can enter to win cash prizes. There is no entry fee.

While traditional ’crows will be posted across the greater Viera/Suntree area from Oct. 6 through 20 and moved to the Harvest Festival, the Mini-Crows will be on display only at the Saturday, Oct. 22 event held at The Avenue Viera’s Central Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unlike the traditional scarecrows in the event, the Mini-Crows will not be auctioned for charity but remain the child's property.

The Mini-Crow division was created to give children a chance to partake, Viera Voice publisher Jill Blue-Gaines said. Many of the children who took part are hard at work on this year's entry.

“It was a lot of fun getting to go to the craft store and get a bunch of stuff to build it, and it was really exciting to win,” said Hailey Scalia, a student at Ralph Williams Elementary school in Viera East. Hailey won for her Star Wars-themed Leia Crow, and this year she is working on a Harry Potter Crow.

It was family fun that kept on giving, said Hailey's mom, Amy.

“It was like at Christmas, you keep finding pine needles for months. We kept finding straw all over the place. But it brought back great memories and it was totally worth it. I feel really fortunate to live in a community that provides so many opportunities for the kids to become engaged and participate.” 

Rules and a registration form can be found online at For more information, call 321-242-1235.

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