Scarecrows highlight seventh annual Harvest Festival


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Jill Blue

Patrons visiting The Avenue Viera on October 20 got to celebrate everything that is fall as the Viera Voice held its seventh annual Harvest Festival.

The event featured, among other attractions, a pumpkin patch, zucchini racing, hay bale horses, face painting, a fun fall photo area and live music courtesy of the Penny Creek Band.   

Of course, one of the highlights of the event was the opportunity to see all 34 scarecrows that were made by local businesses in one area as part of Viera’s “Scarecrow Stroll, also sponsored by the Voice, held from Oct. 3 to 17. Each business constructed a creative scarecrow as part of a competition where prizes were given to the winners in categories that included most popular, judge’s choice, scariest, most whimsical and best-themed.

Among the scarecrows submitted were designs such as “El Mariachi Loco” by El Leoncito and “Centerita” from the Centre Pointe Apartments. They, along with the other 32 scarecrows, were available for purchase during a silent auction held at the event. All proceeds from the auction were donated to Family Promise of Brevard.

“Bringing all the scarecrows together is my favorite. To see all of them in one place since they have been out on the tour,” said Jill Blue, publisher of the Voice. “It makes for a nice display where people can see them in person and stand next to them and take selfies and think about buying them. It’s really cool.”

Autumn House, an assisted living and memory care facility located off Spyglass Hill Road, submitted “Maui,” a scarecrow built and based on a character from the Disney movie “Moana.” The scarecrow, which Joy Hines, the facility admissions and marketing director, said involved help from “at least” 25 people associated with the facility, won an award for being the scariest in the competition.

“We are thrilled,” Hines said. “Our residents had a blast building Maui along with our activities department. It’s a wonderful experience and it’s wonderful to be in the Viera community.”

A full list of winners from the Scarecrow Stroll can be found on the Voice’s Facebook page.

There also was a costume contest for children with participants in different age groups sporting elaborate and impressive costumes that included a pirate, a ghost and many others that undoubtedly made judges’ jobs very difficult.

“I’m having a very good time,” said 8-year-old Hannah Hubble of Viera, who won first place in her age division’s contest for her Pippy Longstocking costume.

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