Scarecrows will be popping up around Shelbyville as the annual Scarecrow Daze approaches. The annual celebration will be held October 11-13 in downtown Shelbyville.
This year’s theme is “Fall in Love with Shelbyville”. The festival will be coupled with the annual Balloonfest sponsored by Touchstone Energy.
“We’ve doubled the number of vendors with nearly 50,” said Chamber of Commerce office manager Vonda McConnell. “I believe the festival is getting better each year. Brenda Elder has done as incredible job organizing the festivities and already has plans for expanding next year’s Scarecrow Daze.”
The event will feature music, arts, and crafts in the Mini-park all afternoon on Saturday, a car show at the courthouse parking lot, and kids’ games at Main Street School.
“Parents may purchase $5 wristbands for the kids and they can play all the games and all the jumping they can do. There will also be a train to ride at the school,” McConnell said.
Also featured Friday night at Legends Draft House is Neon Rounders and Chris Cavanuagh Saturday night at The Iron Keg, both from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Balloons will take to the skies, weather permitting, on Friday at about 5 p.m. at the soccer fields in Forest Park for the first of three days of events for the Balloon Fest.
“We have 11 balloons this year, more than last year,” said coordinator Kevin Bernson. “We have a very jam-packed weekend planned.”
Other activities include an expanded balloon glow and cookout at the Dam West Recreation Area off of Ninth Street.
“The cookout and activities will begin at 4 p.m. and the balloon glow will begin at dusk. This year, weather permitting, we will have tethered balloon rides for $10. Proceeds will be given to a local charity,” Bernson said.
Target tasks, another viewer favorite, will be at the soccer fields in Forest Park on Saturday morning and the Ninth Street beach area on Sunday. Both events will be about 7 a.m. DJ Kerry Campbell will be entertaining during the task flights.
Bernson said all events for the balloon festival will be subject to weather conditions and events will be updated on Lake Shelbyville Balloon Fest Facebook page.
Activities for Scarecrows Daze include:
Friday, Oct. 11
4:30-6:30 p.m. — Knights of Columbus and Shelby County Senior Center Fish Fry at Shelby County Senior Center in Forest Park
4:30-? p.m. — Flu Shots provided by Community Medical Center at Senior Center in Forest Park ($25 or bring Medicare Card)
5 p.m. — Balloon Fest Media Launch at soccer fields in Forest Park; DJ-Kerry Campbell-All Kindz of Soundz at soccer field; Binga at the Lions Club Building in Forest Park
6-7 p.m. — Dog Olympics at Main Street School sponsored by Brix Veterinary Service
8 p.m.-Midnight — Neon Rounders featuring Doug Meeks at Legends Draft House, Downtown
9 p.m. — “Crazy, Stupid, Love” will be showing at the Roxy Theatre-downtown (sponsored by Shelby County State Bank)
Saturday, Oct. 12
7 am. — Balloon Fest Morning Flight with task at Soccer Fields (Best viewing area Forest Park) Kerry Campbell-DJ will be entertaining.
9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Car Show at Courthouse parking lot-back lot, registration 9am-Noon, judging at 2 pm.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. — “Art Mart at the Park” Art and Craft vendors will showcase their work and demonstrations at the Mini Park; Art, Craft, and Food Vendors-Downtown
10 a.m. — Scarecrow Daze Annual Parade. The parade will start at Forest Park, go down N. Morgan Street towards 1st Street.
11 a.m. — Potato Bar at Presbyterian Church (behind Main Street School at 1st & Chestnut St.)
11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Arcola Jaycees Kiddie Tractor Pull on North Chestnut St. sponsored by Sloan Implement and Barker Implement; Apple Cider Press sponsored by Bob Niestradt.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. — “Make It and Take It” Scarecrows at the mini park. $15 per scarecrow.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Musical Artists at the Mini Park
4 p.m. —. Balloon Glow (dusk) & Cookout at the Dam West Recreational Area (9th St). Plenty of food and drink will be available with proceeds benefiting a local charity; Illinois National Guard’s rock climbing wall; Tethered rides will also be available for $10. (Weather permitting); Thunder Hits DJ Service will be providing great music from late afternoon till the end of the glow.
4:30 p.m. — Registration for Adult Scavenger Hunt ($30 per team-6 per team) at tent; Scavenger Hunt 5-7 p.m.
8 p.m.-Midnight — Chris Cavanaugh at The Iron Keg, downtown
9 p.m. — “Crazy, Stupid, Love” will be showing at the Roxy Theatre-Downtown (sponsored by Shelby County State Bank)
Sunday, Oct. 13
7 am. — Balloon Fest Sponsor Lake Flight with task at beach area (Best viewing areas will be the beach area or parking lot or overlook areas) Kerry Campbell-DJ will be entertaining
2 p.m. — History in Stone-Cemetery Walk at Glenwood Cemetery (sponsored by the Shelbyville Historical Society). Donations are welcome.