Annual Scarecrow Stroll & Harvest Festival still fun for everyone, bigger and better


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The Viera Voice Harvest Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at The Avenue Viera. The Scarecrow Stroll begins Oct. 4 and continues through Oct. 18 at area businesses. The stroll map and ballot will be available in the October issue of Viera Voice.

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It still might be hot, but fall soon will be here with one of the most fun-filled and family-centered activities of the year in Brevard County.

The Viera Voice Scarecrow Stroll & Harvest Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at The Avenue Viera.

The first part of the event is the Scarecrow Stroll, a two-week event that takes participants around Viera, Suntree and Rockledge, to view custom-made Scarecrows by local businesses. This part of the event begins Oct. 4 and continues through Oct. 18. Participants will use a map and check off each Scarecrow they see while traveling to the respective businesses.

They also will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Scarecrow.

The main event is the Scarecrow Stroll as 36-plus artistic and creative scarecrows vie for a $500 best of show prize. As participants vote for their favorite Scarecrow, they will be entered into a special drawing for prizes.

The unique scarecrows can be taken home as a silent auction will be held and all proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hunger Project.

For those children who love the Pinewood Derby, the Zucchini 500 promises to be an exciting event. Youngsters can pick out an actual aerodynamic green squash, decorate it and race it down a race track.

The Pumpkin Patch is a fun spot, where children can decorate and take away a mini pumpkin. Face painting, giveaways and more are in store.

Live music will be performed by festival favorite headliner Penny Creek Band. The toe-tapping bluegrass tunes will inspire video clips of twirling toddlers for your YouTube posting pleasure.

Dress up the kids for trick or treating and participating stores will give a treat, sponsored by event presenting sponsor The Avenue Viera. Wear a costume and you could win a prize for best dressed at the festival.

“We think it is really important to give families something to do together to make memories,” said Jill Blue-Gaines, publisher of Viera Voice.

“So you'll see lots of color, lots of exciting things you'll want to snap with your smart phone and post on social media. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. But have fun experiencing activities and the great outdoors while you're at it.”

For more information, see the pull-out ballot and ads in this issue, go to VieraVoice.com/scarecrow-stroll or call 321-242-1235.