Welcome fall with scarecrow tour, harvest festival

Published on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 by Brandy Kiger Shreve

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Fall is here and Blaine is ready to celebrate the turning of the seasons.

The annual Bountiful Fall Harvest event will be held on Saturday, October 12 in conjunction with the last official day of the Blaine Gardener’s Market. “It’s the end of the season,” said Blaine Chamber of Commerce secretary Carroll Solomon. “We’re making it an event.” 

In addition to the usual late-season produce and crafts that crop up during the market this time of year, Northwest Parks and Recreation District 2 will be joining in on the fall fun with special kids’ activities and pumpkin painting from 10 a.m. to noon.

Refreshments will also be served. 

Solomon said the chamber is encouraging the community to participate through both the planned activities and prize drawings. “We really want to encourage kids to enter their names in the drawing,” she said, noting that they would be giving away prizes such as bags of candy and Jack O’Lantern decorating kits to winners.

Across downtown, an array of scarecrows that range from whimsical to wildly creepy will be staked out to encourage fall cheer. 

So far, 15 stores and organizations have registered their scarecrows for the seventh annual scarecrow tour, a good turnout for the event, and those participants will have their works up on display beginning Friday, October 11. 

A self-guided tour of the scarecrows will be open to locals and visitors alike, with a scarecrow map available at the Blaine Visitor Center. “Even some of the empty storefronts will have scarecrows this year,” Solomon said. “We have people who come up from Bellingham to see them. It’s a really great event.”

For more information on Saturday’s events, stop by the Blaine Visitor Center at 728 Peace Portal Drive, call 360/322-4544 or email vic@cityofblaine.com.