More than 100 scarecrows will line the streets in celebration of the city’s eighth annual Scarecrow Harvest. Schools, businesses, community organizations and other groups took it on to create their own unique scarecrows which will be displayed in town through the month of October.
“The main difference that we have [this year] is that we’re going to have the scarecrows mostly ‘walking’ downtown,” said Kim Dodson, Alpharetta’s special events manager. “We’re bringing them a little tighter so people can walk around and look at them up close.”
In the past, the scarecrows were more spread out, she said.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the city will host a free street party at the corner of Milton Avenue and Main Street celebrating the arrival of fall and thanking those who created the scarecrows. There will be hay rides, face painting, inflatables, fall crafts, storytelling and more.
At noon, the Scarecrow Awards will be presented to those with most remarkable scarecrows. The award categories are Best Personality, Most Creative, Best Constructed, Go Green and Sch“COOL”est — for the school with the most participation.
“[Judging the scarecrows] is a really hard job,” Dodson said. “It’s very challenging. [The judges] love them all.”
Those downtown can also take part in the Alpharetta Business Association’s weekly farmers market, which begins at 8 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Alpharetta Historical Society will present tours of the Future Farmers of America Log Cabin.
“There will be hay rides down to the log cabin,” Dodson said.
After the daytime festivities wind down, the Alpharetta Business Association will then transform the city streets in preparation of the Brew Moon OctoberFest. The event combines music, food and various samples of beer, including a pumpkin ale in celebration of the fall, said ABA member Carol Anderson-Wood. There will also be red and white wine.
The entertainment for the night will start off with The Old School Band, a local favorite, and will end with A1A, the original tribute band for Jimmy Buffett.
The entry fee is $10 and attendees are asked to bring their own chairs. Attendees can also choose to purchase a table of six for $100 or a table of eight for $130. The Brew Moon Fest is scheduled to last until 11 p.m.
If you go
What: Scarecrow Harvest and Brew Moon OctoberFest
Where: Downtown Alpharetta, Milton Avenue and Main Street
When: Saturday; Scarecrow Harvest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Brew Moon Fest from 6:30 to 11 p.m.