It will be time to “Jump Right In” for this year’s Hoschton Fall Festival – the 39th annual fall festival – which will also welcome back scarecrows for which the town was honored in 2008.
A scarecrow reunion is planned with the Hoschton Heritage Arts Center hosting the House of Scarecrows during the Sept. 27-29 “Just Right In” Fest and continuing on weekends through October. Even through the scarecrow reunion extends to Halloween, scarecrows entered into the competition aspects of the festival should be whimsical, humorous or loveable, not frightening.
A car show with the American Street Rodders will be held in addition to the popular parade. Entertainment will also include dance groups, singers and more. The Papa Bears will perform at the Friday night concert with Jonathan Jackson opening the Saturday night concert for BlueBilly Grit.
Vendors will have a variety of food items as well as other festival favorites. Local restaurants will also be serving up food for festival-goers to enjoy.
During the concert which will be along Hoschton Square and allow for tables to be set up, festival-goers will be able to order food from Saucy Noodle, One Blue Duck, Wingslingers, Hoschton Café and Little Hootie’s and have their meal delivered to their table.
Sponsors are now being brought onboard to be a part of the festival which will also highlight a sweet tea contest.
Another competition is also planned. A “Why I Call Hoschton Home” photo contest will be held with the winning entries being utilized for the annual Hoschton Fall Festival calendar published by The Paper. Details for contest entry will be announced in the coming weeks.
A 5K road race is being planned for Saturday and fireworks will light up the skies on Saturday night.
The scarecrow reunion will find a room of the Hoschton Heritage Arts Center, located at 74 White St., in the Dr. L.C. Allen House, featuring the year Hoschton became the Scarecrow Capital of the World with the most scarecrows in one location. It is hoped the scarecrow reunion will attract busloads of visitors to the center. Admission to the scarecrow reunion will be $2 per person.
The scarecrow happenings at the center will also including a kids’ coloring contest, a teen’s T-shirt design contest, a scarecrow maze, scarecrow cookies and cupcakes, scarecrow music and a chance to have your photo made in a scarecrow body. The scarecrow competition will find creators bringing their entries to the arts center on Sept. 14-15 for display through Oct. 31, and a team competition will be part of the Sept. 28 festival. Monetary prizes will be awarded.
More information on the contest rules and participation will be available at Hoschton City Hall and other locations in the coming weeks.