A couple weekends back we went to the St. Charles Scarecrow Fest. This is one of our favorite festivals. St. Charles is very picturesque and is a fun downtown to walk through on a normal day. The color and decorations of the festival just adds to the town's charm. The festival also offers plenty of free activities - a huge plus for a larger family. The biggest draw is obviously the scarecrows. You can meander through the scarecrow contest displays and vote for your favorite. Little Lady's favorite was a mermaid. The boys enjoyed the Star Wars themed scarecrows...it's hard to beat stabbing Darth Vader with at lightsaber.
My favorite free activity is stuffing our own scarecrow. I like a mini scarecrow so we always bring some old toddler sized clothes. We were all proud of our scarecrow but all agreed he wasn't nearly as cute as Baby Z.
We spent almost an hour watching Glowby the Bubbler. I'm pretty sure the kids could of stayed and watched all day. He had so many different wands - honestly, we were all pretty entranced.
We didn't get to everything but the festival has lots other free entertainment like concerts, magicians, clowns, crafts for kids, car shows, etc. It's not free, but there is also lots of fun food. We bought a large bag of kettle corn to share. I also had to have a piece of roasted corn - Iowa girl for life! We just browsed this time but they also always have lots of unique craft vendors.
All in all it was a really good day. I'm hoping it works out for us to go again next year. I haven't been on the ball enough to do posts of every year we've made it to the Scarecrow Fest, but here is a post from 2012.
The costume that Baby Z is wearing is a hand-me-down; Big Buddy wore it for Halloween when he was one. I can't seem to track down any pictures of Mini Man in the costume but he and Little Lady have worn it too. Here's a couple throwback pictures, Big Buddy is in the top and Little Lady is in the bottom.