There was an October nip in the air on Saturday, but after some rain on Friday, the sun shined on Scarecrow Daze in downtown Shelbyville.

“I think it was a great weekend for Scarecrow Daze,” said Brenda Elder of the Scarecrow daze Committee. “There was plenty of food and drink, plenty of vendors and many things for people to do. It takes a great many people to plan and organize Scarecrow Daze and the Touchstone Energy Balloon Festival. Shelbyville stepped up to the challenge.”

Forty merchandise vendors started setting up on the 100 blocks of North and South Broadway at 6:30 am on Saturday. Eleven merchandise vendors were set up in the Shelbyville mini park and walk near the Daily Union office and another 29 vendors were placed on North Broadway.

The 2019 Scarecrow Daze Parade was organized by HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital. Niestradt Garden Center owners Bob and Kathy Niestradt were voted as the Grand Marshalls of the Scarecrow Daze Parade this year.

“The Neistradts rode in a vehicle decorated with beautiful fall mums and straw bales provided by the hospital,” Elder said. “There were hundreds of people lined up along 9{sup}th{/sup} Street, Morgan Street and on North First Streets. Children sported grins as they ran after the thousands of pieces of candy thrown so that they could catch it.”

Downtown was a-buzz after the parade as people perused the food and merchandise vendors and the kids played at the Scarecrow Daze Kids Area at Main Street School.

Several children participated in the Tot Rod pedal pull, sponsored by Sloan Implement and Birkey’s Farm Store, in the early afternoon and trophies were won as prizes.

“Bob Niestradt was on hand at the mini park to show attendees how to press apple cider,” Elder said. “Bob has been a great addition to our Scarecrow Daze festival for many years.”

The Festival of Cars Show was located on the 100 block of North Morgan Street.

“Beautifully restored and colorful cars lined up along the street and car enthusiasts could be found talking to the owners that were there with their vehicles,” Elder said.

Afternoon entertainment, at the Scarecrow Daze stage, was provided by the “Sullivan Dance Studio” and by musicians of the band “Forever Gig” and “Joe and Emily Amato”.

Elder said it takes many months and many people to create an event like Scarecrow Daze. At a risk of forgetting someone, The Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce would like to take the time to thank everyone that made Scarecrow Daze a success for 2019.

Thanks go out to the Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce Board & President, Derek Hayden and Director, Ariel Short; the Shelbyville Police Department: Chief Tallman and the police officers; City workers: Tyson Mahnke; Tyler Pierce and those from Forest Park maintenance; HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital staff; Jon Summers; Cheryl Schultz; Sonya Lawrence; Vanessa Shafer; Kathy & Bob Niestradt; Schryll Bernson; Steve Cekander; Tim Miller; the Shelbyville Unit School administration staff and Scott Rader; “Tot Rod Pedal Pulls”; “Festival of Cars Show”; “Fun to Go Inflatables”; “Sullivan Dance Studio”; “Forever Gig”; Joe and Emily Amato; “Brittany Lovelace Photography”; Roberta Bellwood, face painting; Sloan Implement Company; Birkey’s Farm Store; Monical’s Pizza, The Villas of Holly Brook; Craig’s Sporting Goods; U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and New Hope Church, and of course all of the food and merchandise vendors.

“We thank all the local businesses that supported the festival, financially, by purchasing advertising space in the Scarecrow Daze program booklet. Without you, this festival could not go on,” Elder said.

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