Warren’s Scarecrow Festival this weekend provides fun and food

Everett Davis (left), working the UAW Local 2209 booth, hands a stick of cotton candy to a costumed Emoree Jones during the 2016 Scarecrow Festival in downtown Warren. The festival will be held again on Friday, Oct. 27.
Everett Davis (left), working the UAW Local 2209 booth, hands a stick of cotton candy to a costumed Emoree Jones during the 2016 Scarecrow Festival in downtown Warren. The festival will be held again on Friday, Oct. 27. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Scarecrows will line the streets of downtown Warren during this weekend’s Scarecrow Festival.

They’ll provide the backdrop for food and fun throughout the downtown area on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Festivities continue on Saturday, Oct. 28, with a pair of runs sponsored by Warren Health and Fitness and Pumpkin Palooza at the First Baptist Church in Warren.

The scarecrows on display were created by individuals and organizations and placed in front of homes and businesses. They’ll be judged on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and the winners will be announced during the downtown festival on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Scarecrow entries are accepted through today, Monday, Oct. 23, when entry forms must be dropped off at the Warren Town Hall. The scarecrow contest is sponsored by the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce and winners will receive Chamber Bucks.

A second contest, this one featuring chili, will take place Friday evening. There’s no entry fee, but entry forms must be dropped off at the Warren Town Hall today, Monday, Oct. 23.

Winners, who will receive Chamber Bucks, will be announced Friday at 7:30 p.m. The chili contest is sponsored by Solid Rock United Methodist Church  and information is available by calling 375-3010.

Additional downtown activities on Friday evening will include games and treats sponsored by local businesses and organizations, hot dogs and drinks and a hayride. Family-friendly costumes are welcome.

Friday evening events will be moved to the Knight Bergman Center in the event of inclement weather.

A 5K Spook-A-Thon sets off on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 8:30 a.m. at Warren Health and Fitness, 1111 Huntington Ave., Warren. Registration is at 8 a.m. The Spook-A-Thon will be followed by a one-mile children’s run at 9:30 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m. The run is open to children ages 4 through 10, and those ages 4 through 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Pumpkin Palooza at the First Baptist Church, 727 N. Wayne St., takes place Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can take part in pumpkin decorating and kids’ activities as well as lunch, all free.