Wiscasset’s ScarecrowFest draws crowd

Posted:  Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 3:00pm

Washington kindergartner Kandace Emerson, granddaughter of Mike and Tammy Fiore of Wiscasset, stayed on green for good behavior all last week. So her family let her choose a Saturday event to go to. She picked Wiscasset’s ScarecrowFest. Attending with mom Kim Emerson and her mom, Fiori, the 5-year-old was looking forward to painting a pumpkin.

Many other families also chose to spend part of their Saturday at ScarecrowFest. They filled the municipal building lawn and parking lot to enjoy a bounce house, face-painting, pumpkin-painting, baked treats and hot foods, touch-a-truck with Wiscasset police, fire and ambulance vehicles, miniature horse-drawn rides and more, including making the scarecrows that continued to line the lawn along Route 1 this week.

Kelsey Wollen of South Bristol brought daughter Charlotte, 5, and son Oscar, 2, to the event after the siblings’ swim class let out at Wiscasset Community Center. “This is an added bonus,” Wollen said, adding, festivals and other activities like apple-picking help make fall one of her favorite times of year.

Woolwich’s Patty Stoddard, enjoying pizza with grandchildren Jeniah Smith, 9, and Nyasia Thompson, 4, said she liked a 911 lesson that was part of the event. Smith was looking forward to the bounce house.

“A lot of pumpkins, a lot of Pokemon,” said Jenna Blagdon about the requests she was getting as a face-painter.

Blagdon is the daughter-in-law of WCC staff member Bonnie Blagdon, who said of the event: “I love it, because everybody’s happy, and there’s something for them all to do.” Fellow staff member Bob MacDonald said he considers ScarecrowFest his entrance to fall.