Blaine welcomes fall with Harvest Festival, annual Scarecrow Tour

Published on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 by Brandy Kiger

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The air is crisp, the mornings are cool, and the trees around town are donning their finest colored garments. Fall has finally made an appearance, and the city of Blaine is embracing it with open arms. This weekend, the city will celebrate the advent of the season with the sixth annual Blaine Bountiful Harvest and Scarecrow Tour.

Blaine Bountiful Harvest is a community event that features vendors offering seasonal vegetables, art, crafts, pumpkin carving and music by The Marketeers accordion jug band. The festival will be held at the H Street Plaza in conjunction with the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the last weekend for the market for this season.

“It’s a small town, a small market, but it’s community, and it builds community and a sense of local food,” said Ron Snyder, a driving force behind the Blaine Gardeners Market, and member of The Marketeers. “There are always a lot of people there.”

For the creative types who want to express their love of fall through gourd art, Northwest Park and Recreation, District 2 is offering a pumpkin carving event at the Bountiful Harvest event. Pumpkins are available free of charge to kids and young adults ages 5 to 15. There will be a prize for the best overall pumpkin. Parental accompaniment is required.

The fall festivities will extend from the marketplace into downtown Blaine with the onset of the sixth annual Scarecrow Tour on Saturday. Sponsored by the Blaine Chamber of Commerce, the Scarecrow Tour offers local businesses the opportunity to catch the fall spirit by creating their own themed scarecrow displays. Around 20 businesses are participating this year, each with their own vision for what their scarecrows can bring to the community.

Susan Smith, owner of the Little Red Caboose Café, was excited to be able to participate in the event this year for the first time. “I’m a dork,” she said. “I like doing holiday stuff and being as much a part of the community as I can.”

Smith planned to create a conductor scarecrow to go with the theme of her restaurant. “The ideas are all in my head,” she said. “Now I just have to bring them out.”

The owners at Loomis Hall Massage have been thinking about their scarecrow for weeks. They took a different tack with this year, going from the whimsical world of Oz that garnered a first place award last year to a more gruesome zombie-themed affair. They say their zombie scarecrow is representative of what life is like without a massage.

“It’s fun,” owner Kari Hrutfiord said. “People will ask where we are, and it’s easier to say, ‘Do you remember that display?’ and they do remember us.”

Each participating business will be featured on the Scarecrow Tour map, and scarecrows will be displayed in front of businesses from October 13 to November 1. Maps of the scarecrow locations will be available at the Blaine Visitor Center at 728 Peace Portal Drive and also at Sterling Bank, which is located at 271 H Street.