The scarecrows returned to the lawn of Wiscasset’s municipal building Saturday at the annual Scarecrowfest, co-sponsored this year by Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce and the Parks and Recreation Department.
“It’s not our biggest event but it is something we look forward to every year,” said Parks and Recreation Director Duane Goud. “It’s an event for families with small children to enjoy and this morning the weather is just perfect to be outdoors.”
Kristy Lincoln, After School Adventure director at Wiscasset Community Center, said Scarecrowfest is one of her favorite events. She was manning the face painting table and skillfully providing 7-year-old Kenzie MacLaren with cat whiskers. “It’s just a lot of fun,” Lincoln said. Not far away, her daughter Brooke Lincoln was swaying to the beat of “Monster Mash” while drawing colorful designs and scary faces on mini pumpkins. She wasn’t sure but thought she’d attended every Scarecrowfest. This year’s scarecrows will be on display until Halloween.
Carol Bradford of Wiscasset arrived with a scarecrow. It was sitting on a stool, to set alongside one of the craft tables. She said autumn is her favorite time of year because it means the holiday season will soon be here. “I was born on Christmas Day,” she said posing for a picture alongside her scarecrow.
New this year, a vintage car show was put on by members of Maine Obsolete Auto League. Wiscasset Fire Chief Rob Bickford provided live music and there was a chili, chowder challenge and pumpkin dessert contest.