Scarecrow Festival


Though apple picking, leaf peeping, and pumpkin spice in everything define the autumn season for many in the North Carolina mountains, scarecrows are a notable symbol of farms and the fall harvest in Buncombe County. Buncombe County community members construct scarecrows for the annual Scarecrow Festival at Lake Julian Park with scarecrows on view Oct. 25–31.

Entries will be judged on originality/creativity, design, and workmanship. Winners will be announced in the categories of Traditional, Recycle and Reduce, and Cultural. Winners in each category, Judges’ Best of Show, and People’s Choice will each win a free picnic shelter rental. All entries will receive one vehicle admission to Festival of Lights, the immensely popular nocturnal display of winter scenes that has become a mountain tradition.

To vote for your favorite scarecrow, visit Buncombe County Recreation Services on Facebook and Instagram by Oct. 26-28.

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