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13th Annual Fall Festival & Scarecrow Contest at Settlers' Green

Settlers' Green invites one & all to a fabulous celebration of the season, Oct. 3

October 01, 2009
Life-size scarecrows will be on display throughout the shopping center. Local artists, crafters, businesses, non-profits and schools create one-of-a-kind, life size scarecrows to compete for cash awards. Perfect picture taking opportunity for families abound, with piles of pumpkins for sale, giant scarecrows on display and the entire shopping center beautifully decorated with fall flowers, corn stalks and more.

Vermont artists Kate and Ernie Brown will demonstrate the art of creative pumpkin decorating, painting and carving and will have several examples on display. Using a variety of everyday tools and acrylic paints, the Browns will demonstrate how to create your own Halloween pumpkin masterpiece, guaranteed to impress the neighbors. And, if creativity strikes, Settlers' Green has pumpkins for sale with proceeds benefiting local charities.

Recording artist Tom Dean will provide a free concert of his original folk music from 12 to 2 p.m. Tom, an original member of Devonsquare, is a favorite of the festival and will be performing in the gazebo area.

Professional and amateur chefs and kids are invited to compete for the glory of having their pumpkin pie judged the best of the 2009 Fall Festival. Pumpkin pies of all kinds, including custard, pecan, cheesecake and more, will be judged and then sold by the slice to benefit the Starting Point. The Starting Point provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Drop off your best pumpkin pie for the contest and benefit a great organization too. All pies must be dropped off no later than 10 a.m. on Saturday of the event.

Illusion Farms and their beautiful horses will provide free hay rides around the shopping center throughout the event. Rides leave about every 20 minutes from the playground area. The Hay Maze will have you literally walking in circles as you try to find your way through. This maze is child friendly and open to all to explore at their own pace. There will be free face painting and balloon animals for the kids and free apples and cider fresh from local farms for everyone.

Settlers' Green Outlet Village is located on Route 16 just south of the village of North Conway.

To receive an entry form for the contest, or to find out more about the Fall Festival at Settlers' Green Outlet Village, call 356-7031, ext. 10 or on line at www.settlersgreen.com. Follow the link to a gallery of scarecrows from previous events.

Martin Lord & Osman
Varney Smith
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