Every fall, Trenton, Michigan, holds its annual Scarecrow Festival. The festival is touted as a family-friendly event and offers entertainment and fun for kids and adults of all ages. The scarecrow-making contest is the highlight of the festival, but visitors also enjoy music, arts, food and more, even while enduring the sometimes chilly Trenton fall weather.
Arts and Crafts
The Trenton Scarecrow Festival includes an arts and crafts exhibition for regional and local artists. Artists exhibit textiles, wood, pottery, ceramic, jewelry, clothing and other mediums in vendor booths down the streets in downtown Trenton, between St. Joseph and Elm streets. Visitors to the festival may purchase vendors' arts and crafts, which helps support local artists and the community at large.
The Scarecrow Festival offers dozens of entertainment options for kids, both young and old. Entertainment includes a carnival on Maple Street, pony rides, moonwalks, a toddler game area, a fashion show and dance recitals. For the music lover, the Scarecrow Festival features music by regional and national artists. In 2010, the festival featured entertainers including The Ben Walter Band, Soundproof and Russ Glen. The second night of the festival features a battle of the bands event for regional and local acts.
The highlights of the Scarecrow Festival are the numerous contests in almost every category imaginable. Visitors flex their muscles in a tug-of-war contest, the Strongman Games or wrestling competitions. Pretty up your pooch and enter it in the festival's dog costume contest. Singers ages 8 to 80 can sing their hearts out in a singing competition. The highlighted contest of the festival is the scarecrow contest, where contestants enter their best homemade, life-size scarecrow. The contest includes cash prizes for first, second and third place finishers.
The Scarecrow Festival supports the Trenton community by donating proceeds from to charities and other non-profit organizations in need. The festival donates to groups including the Trenton Rotary, Riverview Firefighter charities, local Girl Scout troops, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. Non-profit groups looking to raise funds volunteer at the festival to receive money from the festival.
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