Each fall, the city of Kaufman, Texas, hosts a festival dedicated to celebrating the season within the community. Known as the Scarecrow Festival, the event welcomes visitors of any age to take part in the festival's many activities. Guests can expect a parade, live music and other special events each year.
Overview and Logistics
Each year, the Kaufman Festival takes place on a Saturday in late October. In 2011, the event was slated to occur on Oct. 22. Festivities run from early morning until early evening at the historic Courthouse Square. Parking is limited, though those driving into the city can typically park in lots nearby First Assembly of God church on Highway 34 or at the nearby sports complex and take advantage of a free shuttle service to the festival center.
One of the traditions of the Kaufman festival is the morning parade, in which local community members and groups build floats and march through the streets of Kaufman. In 2010, the parade began at 9 a.m., and common sights include firetrucks, school marching bands, antique cars, Halloween-themed floats, martial arts demonstrations and costumed participants. The parade typically starts at the Kaufman High School, travels up Washington Street, and ends at the Town Square. Spectators who want a front-row seat should arrive early.
The festival also features live music every year, with two different stages. Typically, festival organizers choose local groups to perform, and the type of music ranges from country and bluegrass to classic rock and kids tunes. Acts from previous years include The Electric Campfire Band, The Texas Gypsies, and Leon Cargil. The musicians also share the stage with other demonstrations throughout the day, and cheer teams and martial artists will often perform.
The festival also typically involves other forms of entertainment as well. Food vendors offer festival foods and merchants sell crafts and small-time wares in booths along the main festival square. Beyond these, attractions have included a dog Frisbee demonstration, a circus show, inflatable bounce houses, pony rides and a petting zoo.
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