Fall Festival returns this week with scarecrow contest, pumpkin carving contest, Family Fun Night and Scarecrow 2.0 two-mile walk/run
EXETER – One of Tulare County’s oldest events continues its tradition this week as Fall Festival is back in Exeter.
The 107th Fall Festival officially began on Oct. 1, the deadline for locals to put out their scarecrows for judging in the annual contest. A cross between old fashioned harvest celebrations, agriculture heritage, Halloween and town tradition, the 10th annual Scarecrow Contest captures the small town charm of Exeter. Funny, scary, silly and zany scarecrows now dot the community as points of interest for locals and visitors alike. The scarecrows will stick around until Oct. 31, when voting ends. Winners will be announced next month.
The fun kicks up again tomorrow night, Oct. 7 with the Fall Pumpkin Carving Contest and Family Fun Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in downtown Exeter. The carving contest begins at 5:30 p.m. at Mixter Park, located at the corner of Pine and E streets, and the Miss Exeter candidates will be on hand to judge the event. Local businesses will also be hosting activities and games for kids while adults can enjoy live music, food trucks, a beer garden and free giveaways.
The week-long festivities will culminate on Oct. 9 at Mixter Park. Saturday will begin with Scarecrow 2.0, a 2-mile run/walk organized by Forever Young Sports (FYE). Entry fee is $27 for the 2-mile run/walk and $24 for the 2-mile virtual event and include an official race t-shirt, race photos, finishers certificate, vouchers to FYE sports, breakfast burrito, coffee, cookies and snack sticks. A portion of proceeds will benefit Grinch Street, Exeter’s downtown light show featuring the great grumpy greeny himself. This year there may be snow in the forecast for the Grinch’s appearance.
Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners in each age category as follows: under 20, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and over 70. The top overall male and female runners will receive a $100 cash prize. Registration can be picked up at FYE Sports, 165 E. Pine St., from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 and from 7 to 8 a.m. on race day, Saturday, Oct. 9. The race begins and ends at Pine and E streets and only has eight turns through the downtown area. For more information and to register, go to www.scarecrowrace.com
After the race, those in attendance are asked to stay at the park as Fall Festival continues from 10 a.m. on. There will be food trucks, games, live music, car show, the Exeter Branch Library’s book sale, and pet adoptions.
Fall Festival is proudly sponsored by: ABC Bookkeeping, Central Valley Community Bank, Harvest Wealth Group, Mid Valley Disposal, Office Source 360, and Tricia Kirksey/Christy Costa.