The seventh annual Scarecrow Festival, hosted by PenMet Parks, returns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th Avenue in Gig Harbor.
The autumn celebration features farm animals, hay and pony rides, carnival games, vendors and, of course, the scarecrow contest.
The community Scarecrow Competition features submissions from local businesses, community groups and families, who compete for cash prizes and gift certificates for various categories, along with Best in Show.
The deadline for entering the Scarecrow Competition is Saturday (Sept. 24). There is no entry fee.
Festival admission is free, with a suggested $2 donation per child to support the activities and music.
Certain festival activities do feature a small fee such as $6 for the pony ride and $5 for three pumpkins for the pumpkin launcher.
Also featured at the festival this year is “Leapin’ Louie”, a Western comedy show, Eric Haines comedy and variety show and local country band The Dark Horses.
For more information, visit penmetparks.org/special-events/scarecrow-festival.