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Community Festival free fun for all Saturday

Annual event features giant pumpkins, scarecrow contest
By: Laura Albright, Journal Correspondent
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Fall is in the air and so brings the Auburn Community Festival. Always a free admission event, the festival will take place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

With the annual scarecrow contest, giant pumpkin weigh in, Halloween costume contest, and recipe contest, the day is bound to be full. 

Local growers will haul in their prize pumpkins to try to be the biggest gourd this year. 

“It’s a great community of growers,” said Keith Goodrich, the 2010 winner whose pumpkin topped the scales at 1,285.5 pounds. “I’m looking forward to another exciting year. There should be some good competition.” 

The scarecrow contest begins at 10 am and continues all morning. 

“We’re expecting people to come out and vote for their favorite,” said Sheryl Petersen, Auburn Recreation District Recreational Services Manager. 

Discovery Club of Auburn has involved kids in the scarecrow contest. With after school programs in place at the many Auburn Union School District sites, children are able to participate in the design and construction of their site’s scarecrow entry. 

“They use recycled materials and donations to build the design they’ve come up with,” said Debbie Thomas, Youth Services Manager, Auburn Recreation District. “The younger kids have their part of the project and the older kids have their part. Then everything will be pulled together on Saturday. With planning, cooperation and support for each of the groups, it’s a great all-around learning experience.” 

Skyridge Elementary Discover Club is hard at work on their entry. Look for “Giant Chipper” among the entries. 

Come dressed in your Halloween costume and sign up for the costume contest by 1 p.m. Judges will determine a winner based on the most frightening costume, best Disney themed costume, best home-made costume, and most original costume. Awards will be given in age groups. And don’t forget to parade your costume led by the Sugar Plum Fairies with a special appearance by Chipper the Squirrel at 2 p.m. 

Kids and adults can submit and participate in the recipe contest. Bring your favorite bundt cake and a copy of the recipe or Grandmother’s icebox cookies and recipe and watch community leaders taste and judge. 

Activities for adults and kids alike will line the park. Experience 50 community vendors and six food vendors as well as a visit from C-Horse Ranch’s miniature horses and music by Code Blue. There will also be Mobile Rock climbing wall as well as many inflatables for kids to enjoy. Wrist bands can be purchased for $10 for unlimited access. 

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Auburn Community Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Auburn Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Drive, Auburn

Admission: Free

Wristbands for mobile rock attractions: $10