Scarecrows in the Garden returns to Hogansville

Published 10:00 am Thursday, October 26, 2023

The Hogansville Active Life Center will host the Second Annual Scarecrows in the Garden Fall Festival at the “Heart and Soil” Community Garden.

The mini-fall festival features plenty of fun for the whole family with vendors, door prizes, games and activities, music, food trucks, vendors and of course the scarecrow contest.

The annual scarecrow contest has organizations, businesses and individuals around Hogansville to create one-of-a-kind scarecrows to display in the garden for Halloween. Participants are encouraged to theme their scarecrows based on their organizations. There’s even an award for the best representation of their organization.

The fall festival is sponsored by the Hogansville Regional Arts Association (HRAA), the Hogansville Active Life and Visit Hogansville.

Event organizer Stephanie Culver said the event is also a “FUNdraiser” for the garden and potentially for the organizations that participate.

“We are hoping to raise a little bit of money for the garden, “ Culver said. “It’s also a potential fundraiser for each scarecrow and entry organization.”

Culver explained that non-profits enter the contest with a dual intention. First, to introduce themselves to the community in what they offer in terms of services and resources. Secondly, if they are creative enough, they can win a significant cash prize for their organization.

“[The winners] have essentially benefited from a “FUNdraiser” for their organization, which is all going to charity anyway ultimately,” Culver said. “It’s like a double fundraiser.”

Stephanie said they have added a multicultural music aspect to the event this year, celebrating Hispanic Culture Month. She said one of the scarecrow displays will celebrate Dios de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead).

The event will feature live musical performances including Chattahoochee Rhythm Keepers, African Drumming and dance.

There will also be plenty of treats for kids and fun activities and games for the whole family.

Vendors will also see their crafts at the festival, similar to a mini version of last week’s Hummingbird Festival Culver said.

Culver said that the scarecrow voting will conclude around 1:30 p.m., so get there by 1 p.m. or earlier to vote.

She added that they have plenty of awesome door prizes to give away, including a night at the Grand Hotel. The tickets for the door prizes are free, so you don’t need to buy into a raffle, Culver said. The prizes will be given out near the end of the event.

Scarecrows in the Garden Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Heart and Soil Community Garden at 407 Church Street in Hogansville.