Stamford, New York
October 7, 2006
In the first part of October when the leaves are just getting ready to peak in their color, the village of Stamford, New York hosts it's "Annual Scarecrow Festival". It is a great success as it draws a crowd from all neighboring towns and villages, and also the second home owners from New York City.
The festival starts out with a contest of the best scarecrow on display outside of homes and businesses in Stamford. It is taken very seriously and everyone gives it their ultimate best in creativeness. Secondly, the town is decorated with scarecrows, and pumpkins, and the kids have a ball playing games, especially the "Great Pumpkin Piñata" which they line up for and smack it with a stick one by one, until finally it breaks open full of Halloween candy. A children's petting zoo of miniature animals is also on display including the smallest little pony you have ever seen. Lots of great food is for sale, corn dogs, homemade cider donuts, pumpkin cookies, apple cider, and lots more. Their are tents up with local politician booths, wonderful autumn and fall crafts for sale. A huge standing sandbox for the kids. And finally a "ragamuffin" parade for the children to march in. Smell that barbecue chicken... so delicious on a cool autumn day. It is a day of fun for the whole family.
From journal Catskill Mt. Summer & Fall Days