Great Akron Scarecrow Festival

Saturday September 16th 2017 10:00 am - Saturday September 16th 2017 04:00 pm

Dive Into Fall - 17th Annual Akron Scarecrow Festival

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Akron City Park

  • scarecrow decorating contest
  • homemade food and baked goods
  • kids’ games and activities
  • petting zoo
  • dozens of craft vendors.

The theme for the 2017 festival is “Dive Into Fall,” highlighting the start of the autumn season and the Akron community’s efforts to raise funds for improvements to the community swimming pool. The pool improvement fund is just one of the many projects supported by proceeds from the annual festival.  Following the 2016 festival, more than $10,000 were donated to about 25 projects, programs and events in Akron and Westfield. 

Hosted and organized by the Akron Friendship & Service Club, a non-profit charitable and service organization that is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).

Contestants of all ages create and decorate scarecrows of all sizes, shapes and themes to compete for more than $800 in cash and donated prizes.  Scarecrows are judged in three age categories: preschool through 5th grade, 6th through 12th grade, and adult.  

In addition to the first, second and third place prizes in each age division, other prizes include:

  • Best “Dive Into Fall” themed scarecrow will be recognized with a family pass to the Akron City Pool for the 2018 summer season. 
  • People’s Choice award voted on by festival goers.  People’s Choice voting will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the festival information booth.
  • “Chamber’s Choice” award will be presented by the Akron Chamber of Commerce to the best scarecrow in the Adult category and combined preschool through 12th grade categories that shows the best hometown spirit and support of Akron and Westfield communities and businesses.
  • “School Spirit” award will be presented by the Akron-Westfield Athletic Booster Club for scarecrow that shows the best Westerner spirit. 

Participants are encouraged to be creative with both the themes and materials used for creating their scarecrows. From superheroes to movie stars, and minions to traditional scarecrows, it is always fun to see what personalities the competitors choose to create each year.  

An auction of the scarecrow entries will be held at 2:00 p.m.  All scarecrows entered in the adult and 6th through 12th grade categories will be auctioned. Children in the preschool through 5th grade category can decide whether to take their scarecrows home or auction them.   

Children's Activities:

  • carnival games
  • mini-train rides
  • inflatables
  • free petting zoo
  • Face painting and glitter tattoos are also available

Community and school leaders will take a turn in the “Splash Into Fall” booth where kids can pay to throw sponges at their favorite teachers, coaches and administrators. 

Food booths and vendors will feature taverns, hot dogs, tacos-in-a-bag, homemade pies, kettle corn, funnel cakes, and other fall treats.  The “Nature’s Harvest” store includes hundreds of homemade breads, cakes, pies and treats made by Friendship & Service Club members for purchase. More than 40 vendors will offer crafts, clothing, popular brand products, and food for sale.  

For more information, visit or email  Visit us on Facebook at “Great Akron Scarecrow Festival” to learn more about the event and to enter weekly giveaways and contests ahead of the festival. 

The Akron Friendship & Service Club is a non-profit charitable organization that brings together women from Akron and surrounding communities to promote friendliness, local and area support, and an awareness of causes around us.  The GFWC/Iowa Friendship & Service Club is part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC), an international organization founded in 1890 for the betterment of society through a variety of community improvement projects (  The club is also a member of GFWC/Iowa  (

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