The revival of the Scarecrow Festival in downtown Washington C.H. is just one day away.
In preparation for Friday’s opening ceremonies at noon on East Court and North Main streets, this year’s Scarecrow Queen was named Tuesday evening. The honor goes to Allison Fullmer, with Mackenzie Grafstrom and Renee Newland named the attendants. Fullmer will be crowned during the opening ceremony Friday.
The three-day free event, organized by Main Street Fayette, Fayette County Travel & Tourism, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Washington Court House, will run from noon to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The headline entertainer of the festival is country music superstar and record producer, Aaron Tippin, who will take to the main stage Saturday at 8 p.m. The concert is free to the public, as is virtually all of the entertainment at the event. (Please see the complete Scarecrow Festival schedule inside).
On Friday night, the headliner will be popular country music artist John Crabtree. Prior to Crabtree’s performance, another country music artist, Richard Lynch, will take the stage.
“I would love to see the folks from Washington Court House come out this Friday to see us,” Lynch said recently. “I know folks are disenchanted with a lot of the so-called ‘country music’ of today. If they are looking for a nice traditional sound, then they can connect with us and definitely find it with our music. I have been around the area a long time and we are looking forward to performing.”
Prior to Tippin’s performance Saturday, Adam Garman, a comedian from Ross County, will provide the laughs at 6:30 p.m. on the main stage.
For the very first time at the Scarecrow Festival, there will be a Scarecrow 5k Walk/Run on Saturday morning sponsored by Court House Fitness. All proceeds from the 5k will benefit United Way.
Pre-registration is $20 on www.scarecrow5k.ezregister.com or drop off a check or cash with the application and waiver at Court House Fitness, Inc., 215 E. Court St. or at Fayette County Travel and Tourism, 101 E. East St. Checks can be made payable to personal trainer, Trey Tompkins.
Race day registration is $25. The race will begin at 9 a.m. and check-in will start at 8 a.m. The start and finish will be at the intersection of East Court Street and North Main Street.
“All of the runners will receive a medal and a swag bag that includes a t-shirt and a water bottle,” said Jolinda Van Dyke, executive director of Fayette County Travel & Tourism. “The top three male and female finishers will also receive a prize. This should be a well-attended event and it’s for a great cause.”
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