Scarecrows to march at fall fair

The 12th annual Fall Fair and Scarecrow Festival is almost here.

A 'patron' of last year's Fall Fair in Windermere

A 'patron' of last year's Fall Fair in Windermere

The 12th annual Fall Fair and Scarecrow Festival is almost here.

The yearly festivities will take place in Windermere on September 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., organized by the volunteers of the Windermere Community Association (WCA).

Admission for the fair is $5 for adults, and $3 for children up to 15 years of age.

Children under the age of five are free.

This year’s fair will feature a vendor area once again and other fun and games that have made previous fairs so popular.

However, there are many new features to this year’s festivities as well, such as the Live Scarecrow Parade.

“The Live Scarecrow Parade came about when the WCA was thinking about how we could utilize the main entrance of the school, and encourage people to park on that side,” said Cheri Hann, chair of the fair. “It’s to be a way for better space usage, and if the parade was held there, more people would park there and free up congestion on the main street.”

The Live Scarecrow Parade, which also doubles as a contest, will take place in the field of Windermere Elementary.

Those interested in taking part can dress up in their best scarecrow attire and are to be at the field for 10 a.m. to sign up.

Judging will take place at 10:15 a.m., with the parade beginning at 10:30 a.m., with contestants looping around the school field.

When the parade finishes, the fair will officially kick off.

“We’ve got a lot of great vendors, entertainment and performers,” said Hann. “A lot of businesses were really generous this year in that we were able to have a lot of prizes for our three prize draws.”

It is important to note, however, that draw-winners must be at the fair in order to collect their prize, according to Hann.

Another new and fun addition to the fair this year is the Wife Carrying Race.

However, couples in these races do not necessarily have to be married in order to participate, and can opt for the Wheelbarrow Wife Carrying Obstacle Race if it would better suit them to not haul around another person.

“There are a lot of people who cannot carry their wife or racing partner, so we incorporated the wheelbarrows too,” said Hann. “It will be a very fun race to enter.”

Windermere Elementary School students will also have their artwork on display, made in just the first week of school to support the fair.

“The fair is a great way to support the old-time feeling of a community fair, and appreciate the children’s artwork, vendors and more,” said Hann. “It’s a really fun way to spend time with your family.”