Fall brings cooler temperatures, festivities and one of the most anticipated events in our community — the Viera Harvest Festival and Scarecrow Stroll taking place on Oct. 15.  

The Viera Voice and its parent company, Bluewater Creative Group is once again partnering with The Viera Community Institute to mark autumn’s arrival.

“The event kept growing exponentially and we are thrilled to be partnering with the Viera Community Institute, who’s now orchestrating the Harvest Festival,” said Jill Blue, the CEO of Bluewater Creative. “Viera Voice will continue to organize the Scarecrow Stroll, which has become an event everyone remembers”.

This is the second annual Harvest Festival for the Viera Community Institute.

“Viera’s Harvest Festival and Viera Voice’s Scarecrow Stroll are two wonderful events for families and friends to have a day of funfilled activities,” said Laurie Widzgowski, the marketing and event coordinator for The Viera Company and the Viera Community Institute. 

“It's the perfect fall event for adults and children to enjoy the festivities. We’re anticipating a great turnout packed with tasty food, games, music, and photo opportunities to make some ideal memories,” Widzgowski said.

Many food trucks will offer delicious fare, as well as exhibitors and colorful vendors. The festival will include music presented by DJ Cowboy Bob, featuring line-dancing and other dancing as well.

There will be some exciting new children’s activities such as Pumpkin Golf and Pumpkin Bowling as well as a returning favorite, the Corn Maze.

Brevard County Fire Rescue firefighter Richard Collins of Suntree Station 80 and other firefighters there are participating in the Scarecrow Stroll.

“Our station will be building a golf-playing firefighter. This year, we are honored that the charity of choice is the Brevard County Firefighters Benevolent Association, with all proceeds of the scarecrows built going toward the seriously injured firefighters that were involved in a rollover crash earlier this year from Mim’s station 21,” he said.

There will be 22 local businesses designing and creating their scarecrows and the attendees at the festival will get to vote for their favorite scarecrow. The winners from the Scarecrow Stroll ballot entries will be announced during the event.

To view the participating scarecrows and stroll to their locations, look for the ballot in this month’s Viera Voice. Vote for your favorite scarecrow on the stroll and enter your completed ballot for a chance to win the grand prizes. Also, visit the Viera Community Institute Facebook page as it gets closer to the event to get the latest updates on the activities and highlights of the festival.