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Community Festival turns thoughts to scarecrows, giant pumpkins

By: Journal Staff Report
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Enormous pumpkins, whimsical scarecrows and costumed kids — you’ll find them all at the Auburn Community Festival Saturday, Oct. 18. The 12th annual festival held in Auburn features a giant pumpkin weigh-off, where pumpkin growers from around the region bring their prime picks from the patch. There’s also plenty of food, music and fun for the whole family. And with $10,000 in prize money, there’s a chance you could go home with some cash! Admission is free. Your imagination is the limit in the annual costume parade and contest. Dress up in your most creative get-up and sign up for the parade the day of the festival. Everyone can get in on the fun, too, as there are child, adult, group and family categories — and cash prizes for best costume. Or grab some straw and create an entry for the scarecrow decorating contest. From the artistic to the zany, the scarecrow contest is a popular attraction that gives visitors a chance to vote on their favorite in the People’s Choice scarecrow award. The competition heats up in this year’s harvest recipe contest. With categories for adult and children, chefs will vie for bragging rights over who makes the best pumpkin pie, butternut squash soup or other autumn dish. There’s still plenty of time to enter these contests. Applications are available online at www.auburncommunityfestival.com. This year’s entertainers are acoustic guitar duo The Double Shots, who can hold their own on delicate Simon & Garfunkel tunes or rockin’ Led Zeppelin classics, and Clean State, an 11-piece R&B group sure to you moving on funky hits like “Brick House” and “Good Times.” Auburn’s Recreation Park is the perfect setting for the festival. Visitors can stroll under aged oaks and stop at dozens of food, craft and community vendors.