Scarecrow in the Park
For most people, the arrival of fall brings with it thoughts of jack-o-lanterns, costumes, and beautiful foliage. For many local folks, however, fall conjures images of handcrafted scarecrows appearing in Cushman Park, at the corner of routes 5 and 10 in Bernardston. The annual Scarecrow in the Park event, a seasonal favorite, is sponsored by the Bernardston Kiwanis and is in its sixth year of being a two-day event, on October 20th and 21st. Proceeds from this event benefit the Bernardston Kiwanis Scholarship Fund. The scarecrows, artists and craftspeople, Tractor & Rag Shag Parade, two days of live music including a full concert-length set from local Favorite Appalachian Still, Halloween dance party, artist demonstrations, a visit and demonstration with local canine police officers, lots of family activities, delicious food options, and more, make this an event that is not to be missed. This will be the sixth year that Scarecrow in the Park features artists and craftspeople selling their handcrafted wares and local musicians sharing their talents live. Artists will also be demonstrating and discussing their creative processes. Saturday and Sunday will feature delicious food cooked by the Kiwanis, including burgers, hotdogs, hand-cut fries, chicken fingers, and more; and the Holyoke Hummus Company, serving up hummus platters, salads, and yummy friend veggies. Plus, fried dough with maple cream from All Things Maple. There will be plenty of delicious sweet treats available around the park from a few local non-profits and school-based entities. The ever-popular Tractor and Rag Shag Parade will take place at noon on October 20th, followed by the Halloween Dance Party and hayrides. Both days will feature live music from local musicians, including Valley favorite Appalachian Still. The Melha Shriners clowns will be paying us a visit again this year, sharing their face painting and balloon-sculpting talents, and local canine police officers will be demonstrating their skills for the crowd. The artists’ booths will be open both days, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, and 'til 3:00 pm on Sunday. Featuring jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, clothing, preserves, wood crafts, gourd art, handcrafted soap, seasonal decorations, home adornments, maple syrup, candles, and more, there really is something for everyone! More details regarding the Scarecrow Contest will be released in early 2018. If you are an artist, craftsperson, author, or maker of preserves, pickles, oils, and vinegars and would like to receive an application for participation as a vendor, contact Karen Stinchfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. Artists and craftspeople can also pick up applications at Cushman Library at 28 Church Street in Bernardston. Scarecrow in the Park is brought to the community by the Bernardston Kiwanis, in support of its Scholarship Fund. Platinum Sponsor of the event is Paul Redeker Rental Company, with Paul generously supplying the majority of the tents that will keep the event covered and comfortable. Rain or shine, this event will be enjoyable for you and your family! Our gold sponsor is A-1 Enterprises. For our ever-evolving listing of participating artists and schedules of activities and performances at Cushman Park and the Bernardston Senior Center, visit Scarecrow in the Park’s Facebook page. It’s the best way to stay up-to-date on this exciting community event. Mark your calendars and come on out to the park!