Dates Of Event: October 19 – 21, 2018 (I attended Oct. 20)
Location: Cushman Park, 19 South St, Bernardston, MA
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: Scarecrows, parade, vendors
Now that I have your attention, Salem isn’t the only part of New England that celebrates the Halloween and Fall season.
Last weekend, the Bernardston Kiwanis sponsored the annual Scarecrow In The Park event to raise funds for the scholarship fund.
Among the three day event, the festival included an exhibition of classic cars, a tractor parade and a wood carving demonstration. But, the main attraction for most of the visitors are the scarecrows.
The scarecrows were made by individual artists or a group of artists. The scarecrow below, which is a tribute to Dr Suess (Theodor Seuss Geisel), a native of nearby Springfield, MA, and thing number 1 and 2 from one of his stories, was created by a local elementary school.
Another artist with ties to the area, Eric Carle, had a scarecrow dedicated to him. Holding one of his picture books (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Carle is shown sitting on the ground with other symbols from his book. Although he is not from New England (he is a native of Syracuse, NY and has also lived in Florida among other places), he lived in Northampton, MA, for some time and there is a museum dedicated to him in Amherst, MA.
No, this isn’t your ex or your in-law.
The scarecrows ran the gamut from the scary (and that could refer to the witch or the objects in the background in the photo above – I find them both to be very frightening)…
..to the humorous like this funny pirate.
But, most of the scarecrows were made for fun and they were all family friendly.
In addition to the scarecrows, there was a Halloween-themed graveyard display with phrases many of us from New England and anywhere else can relate to.
There were lots of vendors at the festival as well. A news article stated they were hoping to attract 60 vendors to the festival. It seemed like there were many more though.
This vendor make their own wares. The gentleman pictured below carves shapes and figures out of wood he finds. He does not plan the shapes ahead of time. He tole me he goes with the shape and feel that it gives him.
Another more popular vendor was the witch hat shop.
This cute wood carving shop was also a popular shop.
Speaking of wood carvings, wood carving exhibits and demonstrations were provided by Laker’s Acres from Orange, MA.
Some of the visitors came in costume. These visitors are actually parade marchers who participated in the tractor parade.
If you did not wear a costume to the event, there were face painters there to help you get made up for the event.
The make up artists did a great job on all of the people they worked on.
A parade of tractors (new and older models) drove down South St with parade marchers in tow.
A mad scramble ensued as some of the drivers threw candy to the onlookers. Note to festival planners: try throwing some Starburst next year.
Across the street from the park, the fire department had some huge pumpkins that seemed to fit into the fall theme of the festival.
The festival is a dog friendly event and we saw lots of cute dogs.
Pumblechook (named after Mr. Pumblechook from Great Expectations) is a 19 week old Boston Terrier. He is sporting a stylish skull and cross bones sweater.
Nami is a 3 year old, Redbone Coon Hound and black Lab mix.
Harley is a 3 year old Puggle.
The video below shows some of the tractor parade.