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Fall festival will look different

Pictured are scarecrows that have already been built by families visiting Wildcat Park in Ludlow.

LUDLOW — Wildcat Park’s annual fall festival will look a bit different this year.

The event is typically a craft/vendor fair, however this yar, “Octoberfest” will be an all-day festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. There will be four live band performances including: Jerry Melvin Cole getting things started at 11 a.m.,”Old Dawg Bluegrass from 1 to 4 p.m., Billy and the Neptunes from 4 to 6 p.m. and Warren County’s Afraid of Human closing out the evening from 7 to 10 p.m.

There will be 40 craft vendors set up from 10 a.m. to at least 3 p.m., numerous food vendors, a Chinese auction, giveaways, pumpkin chucking, bounce house and other activities for children, including this year’s scarecrow building competition. The scarecrow competition is new this year. There are numbered scarecrow frames set up throughout the park. All are welcome to participate, claim a scarecrow location and build their own unique scarecrows with props and decorations. Participants must provide their own scarecrow supplies. There is no fee to participate, just write the builder’s name, phone number, age and the number of the location on a piece of paper and place it in the drop box at the front gate.

Judging will take place during Octoberfest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone attending Octoberfest is encouraged to vote. There will be a donation can for each scarecrow and winners will be determined by the dollar amount in each can. Prizes will be awarded in both youth and adult categories. All proceeds will benefit Wildcat Park, which is run by volunteers and relies on donations, memberships and facility rentals to stay open. The more than 60 acres of park property provide a space for locals and visitors to play tennis, pickleball, horseshoes, disc golf, baseball and use walking trails.

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