The 12th Annual Scarecrow Harvest Event will take place September 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in downtown Alpharetta. Smokejack will be onsite, selling delicious hotdogs, perfectly smoked barbecue sandwiches and other tasty fare, while an assortment of fall treats will also be available. Festivities include hayrides, bouncy houses, face painting, music, historical demos, and storytelling. All of the free fun will celebrate the hard work from local elementary schools and businesses, who have created artistically adorable scarecrows that will line the downtown streets through the entire month of October.
Community schools have been encouraged to participate in filling Alpharetta with Halloween spirit through creative, life size structures that display a unique theme. Last year, the “One in a Minion” scarecrow from Ms. Sexton’s Cogburn Kindergarten class, and the “Ewoks Read Too” scarecrow by Mrs. Campbell’s class at Crabapple Crossing Elementary were among the many elaborate and fun favorites! Ms. King’s class from Birmingham Falls took home the “Best Personality” award, while Ms. Key’s Alpharetta Elementary class nabbed the “Tech Crow” first prize. Ninety scarecrows from 15 schools flooded the streets of historic downtown in 2016. Scarecrows are left in their assigned spots, adding community-fueled festiveness during the Halloween season.
The 2017 winners will be announced the day of the event, at noon, by a city council member. Five to 10 winners are selected from the following categories:
- Best Constructed
- Most Creative
- Best Personality
- Best Tech Crow (Creative technology incorporated theme)
- Sch”cool”est (Scarecrow with the most participating classes)
Some of the scarecrows will receive honorable mentions, because there are just too many awesome ones to only highlight a handful! Every year, each class puts considerable effort and creativity into their scarecrow, and it certainly shows.
Local sponsors donate gift cards and class parties to be awarded to the winning scarecrow constructors. Sponsorship is a great opportunity for local businesses to be recognized by the community; participants will also be featured on the city website. Last year’s local Alpharetta sponsors included the Alpharetta Business Association, the Alpharetta Farmers Market, Bagel Boys, Flywheel Sports, Jill’s Cupcakery, Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Saima Jewett Photography and Wildflour.
A portion of this year’s sponsors include the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Coldwell Banker, Hiser Orthodontics, Keller Williams and Providence Bank. The Alpharetta Farmers Market and Flywheel Sports will continue their community generosity by teaming up with the Scarecrow Harvest Event again.
The Scarecrow Harvest Event is a completely community-driven celebration with city staff and community groups volunteering their time to reward the kids and kick off the Halloween season for the people of beautiful Alpharetta. The Young Men’s Service League (YMSL), YMCA, and Milton High School Interact Club have served as volunteers for the event in the past. The community effort and feeling of togetherness is truly what makes this a magical fall day.
While the day’s earlier activities begin to merge over to the night’s upcoming events, visit the Farmers Market and browse their vast selection of vendors. Everything from fresh produce, sweet treats, home goods and body products are brought to you by locals who are experts in their craft.
That night, the Brew Moon Fest will take place, and will feature music, street dancing, a variety of food from local restaurants, as well as a diverse craft beer selection, of course! Individual tickets or entire tables can be purchased in advance.
Come out and mingle with the community, bond with your family, eat awesome food and get into the autumn frame of mind! The fun will go on rain or shine. For more information, visit the city website at Alpharetta.ga.us.