Second annual Fall Festival and Scarecrow Contest comes to town

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 13, 2011
Last year's Mayor's Choice Medal winner was the scarecrow by Julia Richard and her grandmother, Donna Halligan. Photos courtesy of the South Windsor Junior Women's Club. - Contributed Photo

The South Windsor Junior Women’s Club is hosting the second annual Fall Festival and Scarecrow Contest on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the South Windsor Community Center, located at 150 Nevers Road.

Last year’s scarecrow contest winners were Julia Richard and Donna Halligan for the individual/family category. Their entry also won the Mayor’s Choice Medal. The business winner was Gerich Service Station.

The deadline for entering the scarecrow contest is Oct. 18, and the registration forms are available online at or through the Recreation Department. The fee is $10 for individuals, families or clubs and $50 for business entries. Adults and children of all ages, as well as clubs, organizations and businesses, may participate. Entries can be mailed to SWJWC, Post Office Box 507, South Windsor, CT 06074 or e-mailed to For additional information, contact Paulann Marianella 860-291-9960.

This year’s Fall Festival will include an indoor haunted house at the community center, suitable for children of all ages. “I think the children really enjoyed the haunted house and scarecrows last year,” said Marianella.

Children will also be encouraged to participate in a costume parade through the Boundless Playground, which will be held on the hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a moon bounce, games, face-painting, tattoos and crafts, all for a nominal fee of $.50 or $1. Baked goods and food items will also be available for purchase.

According to Marianella, co-chair of the SWJWC’s Ways and Means Committee, the Fall Festival is the kick-off of the organization’s fundraising efforts for the year. As a service organization, SWJWC supports the community through scholarships and donations to service organizations.

For more information about the South Windsor Junior Women’s Club, visit the website

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